fossorial[fä sôr′ē əl]
digging or adapted for digging; burrowing: fossorial claws
Origin of fossorial; from 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)
- Of, pertaining to, or adapted for digging or burrowing.
- The mole is a fossorial mammal.
- Any digging animal (such as a mole)
From Latin fossōrius (“adapted for digging or delving”), from fodiō (“dig”).