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

  • adj. Zoology Adapted to or specialized for climbing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Adapted or to specialise in climbing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of climbing; ; adapted for climbing.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Scansores. See Illust. under aves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Habitually climbing, as a bird; pertaining to climbing: as, scansorial actions or habits; fitted or serving for climbing: as, scansorial feet; the scansorial tail of a woodpecker. Also scandent.
  • Belonging to the Scansores.
  • n. A member of the Scansores; a zygodactyl.
  • Pertaining to the scansorius.
  • n. The scansorius.


From Latin scānsōrius, from scānsus, past participle of scandere, to climb; see skand- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin scansarius, from scansus, past participle of scandere, to climb; see skand- in Indo-European roots. (Wiktionary)


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