- of or adapted for sucking or suction
- having organs used for sucking
Origin of suctorial; from Modern Latin suctorius ; from Classical Latin suctus (see suction) + -al
- Adapted for sucking or clinging by suction: a suctorial organ.
- Having organs or parts adapted for sucking or clinging.
Origin of suctorialFrom New Latin s&umacron;ct&omacron;rius, from Latin s&umacron;ctus, past participle of s&umacron;gere, to suck; see seu&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (zoology) Adapted for sucking; living by sucking.
- The hummingbirds are suctorial birds.
- (zoology) Capable of adhering by suction.
- the suctorial fishes
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Latin sugere, suctum, to suck.