- having the points of the beak crossed, as in the crossbills
- having larvae that feed by chewing and adults that feed by sucking, as in butterflies and moths
Origin of metagnathousmeta- + -gnathous
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
meta- +"Ž -gnathous