Fossorial meaning

fŏ-sôr'ē-əl
Burrowing or living underground.

Fossorial lizards.

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Relating to or used for burrowing or digging.

Fossorial habits; fossorial legs.

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Digging or adapted for digging; burrowing.

Fossorial claws.

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Of, pertaining to, or adapted for digging or burrowing.

The mole is a fossorial mammal.

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Any digging animal (such as a mole)
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Origin of fossorial

  • From Late Latin fossōrius from Latin fossus past participle of fodere to dig
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin fossōrius (“adapted for digging or delving”), from fodiō (“dig”).
    From Wiktionary