- walking on the whole sole of the foot, as humans, and bears.
- a plantigrade animal.
Origin of plantigrade
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Plantigrade: species that walk on the entire foot, not on the claws alone.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
It is plantigrade —that is, it stands lower on the hind-legs than in front.The Western World
Very few animals do this, and those that do are said to be plantigrade.The Burgess Animal Book for Children
Thornton W. Burgess
It was none other than the paw-mark of Mr. Bear, who is a plantigrade and walks flat-footed.Everyday Adventures
All the limbs are plantigrade and pentedactylate, and the digits of the pes are clawed.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
- walking with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground, as, for example, man and bears
- a plantigrade animal
C19: via French from New Latin plantigradus, from Latin planta sole of the foot + gradus a step
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Word Origin and History for plantigrade
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- Walking with the entire sole on the ground, as humans do.
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- Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits.
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