rasorial

/reuh sawr"ee euhl, -sohr"-/, adj.
1. given to scratching the ground for food, as chickens; gallinaceous.
2. pertaining to a bird's foot adapted for scratching.
[1830-40; < NL Rasor(es) former name of the order, LL rasores, pl. of RASOR scratcher (L rad(ere) to scrape, scratch + -tor -TOR, with dt > s; cf. RAZE) + -IAL]

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Rasorial — Ra*so ri*al (r[.a]*z[=o] r[i^]*al; 277), a. (Zo[ o]l.) Of or pertaining to the {Rasores}, or gallinaceous birds, as the peacock, domestic fowl, partridge, quail, and the like. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rasorial — [rə sôr′ē əl] adj. [< ModL Rasores, lit., scratchers < L rasus (see RAZE) + IAL] characteristically scratching the ground for food, as a chicken does; gallinaceous …   English World dictionary

  • rasorial — adj. [L. rasor, scraper] Adapted for scratching …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • rasorial — adjective /ɹəˈsɔːɹɪəl/lang=en Scratching the ground for food, as domestic fowl or other gallinaceous birds …   Wiktionary

  • rasorial — a. Gallinaceous …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • rasorial — ra·so·ri·al …   English syllables

  • rasorial — ra•so•ri•al [[t]rəˈsɔr i əl, ˈsoʊr [/t]] adj. 1) orn given to scratching the ground for food, as chickens 2) orn adapted for scratching, as a bird s foot • Etymology: 1830–40; < NL Rasor(es) formerly an order of such birds, LL rāsorēs, pl. of… …   From formal English to slang

  • rasorial — Scratching the ground in search of food …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • rasorial — /rəˈsɔriəl/ (say ruh sawreeuhl) adjective given to scratching the ground for food, as poultry; gallinaceous. {New Latin Rasōrēs (plural) literally, scratchers, from Latin rāsus scratched + ial} …   Australian English dictionary

  • rasorial —   a. scratching ground for food; pertaining to domestic fowls …   Dictionary of difficult words

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.