Akin vs Dromaeognathous - What's the difference?

akin | dromaeognathous |

As adjectives the difference between akin and dromaeognathous

is that akin is (of persons) of the same kin; related by blood while dromaeognathous is (ornithology) possessing a palatal structure akin to the emu and the other (now extinct) species of the genus dromaius .




(en adjective)
  • (of persons) Of the same kin; related by blood.
  • * 1722 , , Moll Flanders , ch. 23:
  • We are too near akin to lie together, though we may lodge near one another.
  • (often, followed by to) Allied by nature; similar; partaking of the same properties; of the same kind.
  • * 1677 , , The Court of the Gentiles , T. Cockeril, part 4, bk. 1, ch. 2, p. 27:
  • Is not then Fruition near akin to Love?
  • * 1710 , anon., "To the Spectator, &c.," The Spectator , vol. 1, no. 8 (March 9), p. 39:
  • She told me that she hoped my Face was not akin to my Tongue.
  • * 1814 , , Mansfield Park , ch. 44:
  • Such sensations, however, were too near akin to resentment to be long guiding Fanny's soliloquies.
  • * 1837 , , The Pickwick Papers , ch. 39:
  • Mr. Winkle . . . took his hand with a feeling of regard, akin to veneration.
  • * 1910 , , "Old Well-Well," Success (July):
  • Something akin to a smile shone on his face.

    Usage notes

    * This adjective is always placed after the noun that it modifies.


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  • (ornithology) Possessing a palatal structure akin to the emu and the other (now extinct) species of the genus Dromaius .
  • * 1895 : Eugene William Oates and William Thomas Blanford, Birds , volume 3, page v (Taylor and Francis)
  • The fourth principal type, the dromæognathous , is not found in any Indian birds.
  • * 1921 : William Aitcheson Haswell, A Text-book of Zoology , volume 2, page 431 (3rd Ed.; Macmillan)
  • From the fact that the dromæognathous skull is more reptilian than any other type, it would seem that the Ratitæ diverged early from the carinate stock.
  • * 1937 : Zoological Society of London, Proceedings , volume 107, part 2, page 225
  • It is well known that the membrane bones of the ostrich palate have a dromæognathous arrangement which is closer to the lacertilian plan than to the characteristic bird type where palatines and pterygoids slide upon a central rostrum.
  • * 1938 : Harry Forbes Witherby, Francis Charles Robert Jourdain, Norman Frederic Ticehurst, and Bernard William Tucker, The Handbook of British Birds , volume 1, page xxvi (7th Ed.; H. F. & G. Witherby)
  • Ægithognathous.—One of the four types of palatal structure distinguished by Huxley. The Dromæognathous type, with large vomer,¹ found in Ratites (Ostrich-like birds) is sharply defined from the others (in which the vomer is more or less reduced), but the latter are by no means so clearly separated from one another, and are connected to a great extent by intermediate conditions.

    Derived terms

    * dromaeognathism