• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Steganopodes (Zoöl) A division of swimming birds in which all four toes are united by a broad web. It includes the pelicans, cormorants, gannets, and others.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • steganopodes An order of natatorial birds, consisting of those which have all four toes webbed and a more or less developed gular pouch; the Totipalmatæ. It is now usually divided into six families, Sulidæ, Pelecanidæ, Phalacrocoracidæ, Plotidæ, Tachypetidæ, and Phaethontidæ, respectively represented by the gannets, pelicans, cormorants, darters, frigates, and tropic-birds. Dysporomorphæ, Pinnipedes, and Piscatores are synonyms. See cuts under anhinga, cormorant, frigate-bird, gannet, pelican, Phaëthon, rough-billed, and totipalmate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Steganopodes an order of swimming birds, with all four toes webbed and a gular pouch—cormorants, frigate-birds, pelicans, gannets
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. stegano`poys stegano`podos, web-footed; stegano`s covered + poy`s foot
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. steganos, covered, pous, podos, foot.


In literature:

In the Steganopodes they tend to become much reduced, e.g.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
In the next order, Steganopodes, the Argentine Ornis seems to be very deficient.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume I (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater