metagnathous[mə tag′nə t̸həs]
metagnathous definition by Webster's New World
- 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: meta- plush -gnathous
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- metagnathism noun
metagnathous definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Having a bill in which the tips of the mandibles cross. Used of a bird.
- me·tagˈna·thism noun