Definition of tibiotarsus in English:

tibiotarsus

noun

Zoology
  • The bone in a bird's leg corresponding to the tibia, fused at the lower end with some bones of the tarsus.

    • ‘The tibia and fibula are fused, especially distally, to form a single element, the tibiotarsus.’
    • ‘The larger birds in Nova Scotia and the smaller ones in Utah differ by only 2 mm in average length of the tibiotarsus.’
    • ‘They collected males and females during prelaying, laying, and postlaying and dissected femora and tibiotarsi from each bird.’
    • ‘The third muscle to consider is a superficial muscle that lies along the anterior side of the tibiotarsus.’
    • ‘It springs or rushes out of ambush, opening its jaws quickly and allowing them to slam together hard enough to snap the relatively fragile tibiotarsus of the bird.’

Origin

Late 19th century: blend of tibia and tarsus.

Pronunciation:

tibiotarsus

/ˌtibēōˈtärsəs/