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Dec 2, 2020
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yeanling
ursiform
leptodactylous
zaftig
noctilucent

leptodactylous
Illustration: Leah Palmer Preiss

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leptodactylous

PRONUNCIATION:
(lep-tuh-DAK-tuh-luhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Having slender fingers or toes.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek lepto- (thin) + -dactyl (toed, fingered). Earliest documented use: 1855.

USAGE:
“The Triaenopus ... has besides three leptodactylous toes pointing forwards, a fourth extending backwards in a remarkable way.”
John C. Warren; Remarks on some Fossil Impressions in the Sandstone Rocks of Connecticut River; Outlook Verlag; 2018.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Science does correct itself and that's the reason why science is such a glorious thing for our species. -Nigel Calder, science writer (2 Dec 1931-2014)

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