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- adj. Having the posterior side of the tarsus covered with small irregular scales.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the posterior side of the tarsus covered with small irregular scales; -- said of certain birds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In ornith,, having the planta, or back of the tarsus, studded with many small irregular scales or plates, as a modification of the scutelliplantar tarsus.
Ancient Greek dense, crowded + a shield. (Wiktionary)