from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having webbing that connects each of the four anterior toes, as in water birds such as pelicans and gannets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having all four toes united by a web, as in the pelican.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having all four toes united by a web; -- said of certain sea birds, as the pelican and the gannet. See Illust. under aves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having all four toes full-webbed; steganopodous: said of the parts themselves, as well as of the birds; belonging to the order Totipalmatæ. See also cut under Phaëthon.
  • n. A totipalmate bird.


Latin tōtus, whole; see total + palmate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin totus all, whole + English palmate. (Wiktionary)


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