- walking on the toes, as most quadruped mammals.
- a digitigrade animal.
Origin of digitigrade
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Examples from the Web for digitigrade
The pes is digitigrade or plantigrade, and has three, rarely four, digits.
The feet are digitigrade and provided with long pointed claws.
Some forms are plantigrade, some digitigrade, some subplantigrade.
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
It was at one time held that the animal was digitigrade as to the fore-feet and plantigrade as to the hind-feet.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
- (of dogs, cats, horses, etc) walking so that only the toes touch the ground
- a digitigrade animal
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