Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Could you use it in a sentence please?

It's just because it's a big, ugly-looking, spelling-bee word. Cool? Cool.

ægithognathous, a.


Having the formation of palate characteristic of the family Ægithognathæ (perching birds, woodpeckers, swifts): see quot. 1894. Hence ægi{sm}thognathism, the condition of being ægithognathous.

1894 R. B. SHARPE Handbk. Birds Gt. Brit. I. 1 The palate is said to be ‘ægithognathous’, or ‘Passerine’, when the vomer is broadened and blunt, or truncated, at the anterior end, and is not connected with the maxillo-palatines, which, consequently, are widely separated from each other.

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