/meuh tag"neuh theuhs/, adj.
1. Ornith. having the tips of the mandibles crossed, as the crossbills.
2. Entomol. having biting mouthparts in the larval stage and sucking mouthparts in the adult stage.
[1870-75; META- + -GNATHOUS]

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  • Metagnathous — Me*tag na*thous, a. [Pref. meta + Gr. gna qos the jaw.] (Zo[ o]l.) Cross billed; said of certain birds, as the crossbill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • metagnathous — [mə tag′nə thəs] adj. [ META + GNATHOUS] 1. having the points of the beak crossed, as in the crossbills 2. having larvae that feed by chewing and adults that feed by sucking, as in butterflies and moths metagnathism n …   English World dictionary

  • metagnathous — me·tag·na·thous …   English syllables

  • metagnathous — /məˈtægnəθəs/ (say muh tagnuhthuhs) adjective Ornithology having the tips of the mandibles crossed, as the crossbills. –metagnathism, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • metagnathous — mə̇ˈtagnəthəs adjective Etymology: meta + gnathous 1. of a bird : having the tips of the mandibles crossed 2. of an insect : having biting mandibles in the larval stage and sucking mouth parts when adult contrasted with menognathous …   Useful english dictionary

  • metagnathism — See metagnathous. * * * …   Universalium

  • menognathous — (ˈ)me|nägnəthəs adjective Etymology: meno (II) + gnathous : having biting mandibles during both the larval and imaginal stages used of various insects having a complete metamorphosis; contrasted with metagnathous …   Useful english dictionary

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