digging or adapted for digging; burrowing: fossorial claws
Origin of fossorialfrom Late Latin fossorius from Classical Latin fossor, digger from fossus (see fossil) + -al
- Burrowing or living underground: fossorial lizards.
- Relating to or used for burrowing or digging: fossorial habits; fossorial legs.
Origin of fossorialFrom Late Latin fossōrius from Latin fossus past participle of fodere to dig
(comparative more fossorial, superlative most fossorial)
- Any digging animal (such as a mole)
From Latin fossōrius (“adapted for digging or delving”), from fodiō (“dig”).