Definitions

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

  • n. A long bone in the leg of a bird between the femur and the tarsometatarsus, consisting of the tibia fused with the proximal bones of the tarsus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The large bone between the femur and tarsometatarsus in the leg of a bird, formed by the union of the proximal part of the tarsus with the tibia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The large bone between the femur and tarsometatarsus in the leg of a bird. It is formed by the union of the proximal part of the tarsus with the tibia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology, the tibia, which in a bird consists of a tibia proper with an epiphysis at its distal end, constituted by the proximal portion of the tarsus, in adult life forming the so-called condyles of the tibia.

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Examples

  • You might presume, as I did, that Polyboroides has a unique sort of intertarsal joint, perhaps with the trochlear surfaces of the distal tibiotarsus wrapping onto the posterior surface of the bone as well as the anterior surface.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • The find includes a complete hip and four leg bones (femur, fibula, tibiotarsus and hypotarsus).

    Dodo skeleton find in Mauritius

  • Dr. Mark Gendzier, a veterinarian, said pins were placed in the radius in its left wing, and the tibiotarsus in the bird's right leg.

    StAugustine.com

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