dromæognathism

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EtymologyEdit

dromæognath(ous) + -ism[1]

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NounEdit

dromæognathism (uncountable)

  1. (ornithology)[1] The particular arrangement in palatal structure typified by the emu and the other (now extinct) species of the genus Dromaius.[1]
    • 1890: Elliott Coues, Handbook of Field and General Ornithology: A Manual of the Structure and Classification of Birds, page 249 (Macmillan)
      Dromæognathism (Gr. δρομαῖος, dromaios, a runner : genus-name of the emeu). All the Ratite birds, and the tinamous of Carinate birds, are dromæognathous.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 dromæˈognathism” defined as a derived term of “dromæognathous, a.”, listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]
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