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- n. Plural form of tomium.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of tomium.
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As is the case in some other birds that sometimes handle hard-shelled prey, the edges of its tomia are scopate: that is, they possess tiny brush-like structures (Gosner 1993).
Scopate tomia: an adaptation for handling hard-shelled prey?
Correlated with this peculiarity the maxilla usually has the tomia sinuated, and is generally concave, and smaller and narrower than the mandible, which is also concave to receive the palatal knob.