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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ornithology, having the tarsal envelop, or podotheca, divided by scutellation or reticulation: the opposite of holothecal.


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  • Schizothecal means "having the podotheca (the scaly covering of the foot of a bird or other sauropsid) divided by scutellation or reticulation" (Oxford English Dictionary).

    July 13, 2011