Definition of Cursorial

1. Adjective. (of limbs and feet) adapted for running.

Antonyms: Fossorial



Definition of Cursorial

1. a. Adapted to running or walking, and not to prehension; as, the limbs of the horse are cursorial. See Illust. of Aves.

Definition of Cursorial

1. Adjective. (zoology) Adapted for running. ¹

2. Adjective. (zoology) Having legs fitted for running. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cursorial

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cursorial

cursitating
cursitor
cursitors
cursive
cursive script
cursively
cursiveness
cursivenesses
cursives
cursor
cursor key
cursor keys
cursorary
cursored
cursores
cursorial (current term)
cursorily
cursoriness
cursorinesses
cursoring
cursorless
cursors
cursory
cursour
cursours
curst
curstfully
cursus
curt
curtail

Literary usage of Cursorial

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1. Organic Evolution: A Text Book by Richard Swann Lull (1917)
"Speed adaptation has been developed in a very wonderful way in terrestrial (cursorial) types, in aquatic, and finally in aerial forms. ..."

2. The Origin and Evolution of Life: On the Theory of Action, Reaction and by Henry Fairfield Osborn (1917)
"... those of carnivorous habit, were bird-footed and adapted in structure for rapid, cursorial locomotion; the body was completely raised above FIG. go. ..."

3. A Dictionary of the Bible, Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography by William Robertson Smith (1896)
"The ostrich U the largest of all known birds, and perhaps the swiftest of all cursorial animals. The feathers so much prized are the long white plumes of ..."

4. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1904)
"cursorial adaptation has its effect upon the skull only in the ... cursorial adaptation among mammals is shown in the lengthening of the cervical vertebrae, ..."

5. International Catalogue of Scientific Literature by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1905)
"W. Adaptations to aquatic, arboreal, fossorial and cursorial habita in mammals. 3. Fossorial adaptations. [With bibliography.] Ie (819- 825). ..."

6. Foundations of Biology by Lorande Loss Woodruff (1922)
"Radiating from this focus, adaptations for rapid running (cursorial adaptations) are chiefly evident in a lengthening ..."

7. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1843)
"It is seen that the Hoopoe, with its feet formed like those of the Larks, also essentially resembles those birds in its cursorial habits, but that it seeks ..."

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