from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Zoology Adapted for or used in burrowing or digging: the fossorial forefeet of a mole.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or adapted for digging or burrowing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Fitted for digging, adapted for burrowing or digging
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Digging, burrowing, or excavating, especially in the ground; fodient: as, a fossorial animal.
- Fit or used for digging or burrowing: as, a fossorial limb.
- Able to dig or burrow; being a burrower; specifically, of or pertaining to the Fossores, Fossoria, or Fodientia: as, fossorial nature or habits; a fossorial insect or quadruped.
- n. An animal which digs into the earth for a retreat or residence, and whose feet are adapted for that purpose; a burrowing animal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of limbs and feet) adapted for digging
From Late Latin fossōrius, from Latin fossus, past participle of fodere, to dig.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fossōrius ("adapted for digging or delving"), from fodiō ("dig"). (Wiktionary)