Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In ornithology, in Sundevall's classification, a primary group of birds, embracing such as are clothed at birth with down (which sprouts not only from pterylæ, but also from parts of the skin which form apteria when the true plumage is acquired), and are generally able to run about and feed themselves when hatched: opposed to Psilopædes: nearly equivalent to Præcoces, but of more exact signification. Also called Dasypædes, Autophagi.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Same as dasypædes.
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