One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of the feet of a swimming bird or other aquatic animal) having the toes connected by a membrane.
- ‘Named for the Canadian province where it originated, the Newfoundland's webbed feet, rudder-like tail, and water-resistant coat make it a natural swimmer.’
- ‘With their enormous wingspan - over 3 metres in the larger birds - the Pelican takes off from the water by facing upwind and running along the surface with its webbed feet while stretching out its wings.’
- ‘Albatrosses are seabirds with long, narrow wings, a short tail and large webbed feet.’
- ‘But in truth, how much consolation can webbed feet and waterproof hair be when the skies are continually grey and the pavements forever puddled?’
- ‘Beavers have large webbed hind feet and a moderately long but highly flattened tail, which is used for propulsion in the water.’
- ‘Moreover, he says, the preserved skin of the webbed feet shows the same microscopic structure seen in aquatic birds today.’
- ‘They dive from the water's surface to pursue prey underwater, propelled by powerful, webbed feet.’
- ‘Early interpretations of fossil skin impressions suggested that hadrosaur feet were webbed.’
- ‘Used as water rescue dogs, they have webbed feet and a tail that acts as a rudder.’
- ‘The bird's webbed feet, angled upward, skim across the water.’
- ‘The beaver has specialized aquatic features such as webbed feet, nostrils and ears that can close under water, membranes that cover the eyes under water, and a broad, flat, scaly tail.’
- ‘Its compact, 20 cm body and cone-shaped head reduce resistance and it is powered by its webbed feet.’
- ‘The little seabird nests high in coastal forests, a fact that had eluded ornithologists until several years ago, when a bird with webbed feet flopped out of a felled tree.’
- ‘Thus, the polar bear's partly webbed feet may have come from a mutation which prevented the toes from dividing properly during its embryonic development.’
- ‘The breed also has completely webbed feet and swims with a breast stroke instead of a dog paddle.’
- ‘When Barbara got Zina home, she made a strange discovery - the dog has webbed feet since she is an otterhound, bred for medieval hunting when otters could be found on the dinner table.’
- ‘It has webbed feet; dense, woolly, water-repellant fur; and furrows along the sides of its head to protect the eyes and ears when it swims under water.’
- ‘These otters possess webbed feet with strong claws.’
- ‘It looks a lot like a beaver - hairy body, flat tail, limbs and webbed feet adapted for swimming - but it lived 164 million years ago.’
- ‘The animal was the size of a large sea lion, with broad webbed feet on both fore and hind limbs, so it could both walk and swim.’
- ‘Their webbed feet are black and their eyes yellow.’
- 1.1Medicine (of fingers or toes) abnormally united for all or part of their length by a fold of skin.
- ‘Facial deformities are common, along with webbed feet and hands.’
- ‘I grew up being teased about my toes, which appear to be webbed.’
- ‘Surgery may be performed to separate webbed fingers or toes.’
2(of a band or strip of tough material) made from webbing or similar fabric.‘a heavy webbed strap’
- ‘Some in the entourage had covered their faces with flags or hoods, some wore uniforms, and some had strapped webbed belts with green cartridge cases over their jeans.’
- ‘Covering the webbed seat with inexpensive toweling renders this stool pool- or patio-worthy while the interior provides a spot to stow toys and picnic supplies.’
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