- having an uneven number of toes or digits on each foot.
- any mammal of the order Perissodactyla, comprising the odd-toed hoofed quadrupeds and including the tapirs, rhinoceroses, and horses.
Also pe·ris·so·dac·tyle [puh-ris-oh-dak-til, -tahyl] /pəˌrɪs oʊˈdæk tɪl, -taɪl/.
Origin of perissodactyl
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In the year 1898 the family had to buy a new set of harness for the Perissodactyl.Roads of Destiny
The fifth digit, for the same reasons as in the perissodactyl foot, first left the ground and became smaller.Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)
George John Romanes
The great group is now usually divided into those that are odd-toed (Perissodactyl) and those that are even-toed (Artiodactyl).The Chain of Life in Geological Time
Sir J. William Dawson
These animals, which are grouped with the horse among the odd-toed (perissodactyl) mammals, are now verging toward extinction.The Elements of Geology
William Harmon Norton
Or, to put it more definitely: hoofed animals are divided into two groups, even-toed (artiodactyl) and odd-toed (perissodactyl).Evolution
Joseph Le Conte
- any placental mammal of the order Perissodactyla, having hooves with an odd number of toes: includes horses, tapirs, and rhinoceroses
- of, relating to, or belonging to the Perissodactyla
C19: from New Latin perissodactylus, from Greek perissos uneven + daktulos digit
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- Any of various hoofed mammals of the order Perissodactyla, having one or three hoofed toes on each hindfoot. During the Tertiary Period, perissodactyls were the dominant herbivorous fauna. Horses, tapirs, and rhinoceroses are perissodactyls. Also called odd-toed ungulate
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