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digitigrade

[dij-i-ti-greyd]
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adjective
  1. walking on the toes, as most quadruped mammals.
noun
  1. a digitigrade animal.

Origin of digitigrade

From French, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at digiti-, -grade
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Examples from the Web for digitigrade

Historical Examples

  • The pes is digitigrade or plantigrade, and has three, rarely four, digits.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The feet are digitigrade and provided with long pointed claws.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • Some forms are plantigrade, some digitigrade, some subplantigrade.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • It is digitigrade: it has five toes on the fore, and four toes on its hinder feet; its marsupial bones are simply rudimental.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • It was at one time held that the animal was digitigrade as to the fore-feet and plantigrade as to the hind-feet.


British Dictionary definitions for digitigrade

digitigrade

adjective
  1. (of dogs, cats, horses, etc) walking so that only the toes touch the ground
noun
  1. a digitigrade animal
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