Definitions

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  • n. The cutting edge of the bill of a bird.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The cutting edge of the bill of a bird.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ornithology, the cutting edge of a bird's bill; either of the opposing edges of the upper and under mandible, which meet in apposition along the commissure.

Etymologies

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New Latin, from Ancient Greek, meaning "to cut". See -tome.

Examples

  • More derived oviraptorosaurs were toothless, but the bony premaxillary margins of their upper jaw were serrated, raising the possibility that the tomium was serrated too.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • This only involves removing 1-2 mm of the tomium by the way – it isn’t anything like the brutal de-beaking indulged in by the factory chicken industry.

    Archive 2006-07-01

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  • The cutting edge of a bird's bill.

    January 8, 2008