/fo sawr"ee euhl, -sohr"-/, adj. Zool.
1. digging or burrowing.
2. adapted for digging, as the hands, feet, and bone structure of moles, armadillos, and aardvarks.
[1830-40; < LL fossori(us) adapted to digging (equiv. to L fod(ere) to dig + torius -TORY1, with dt > ss) + -AL1]

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