- an animal, especially a mammal, having four feet.
Origin of quadruped
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Examples from the Web for quadruped
A quadruped (the Splaypes humpidorsus) of great value to the show business.The Devil's Dictionary
The third keeper of the lighthouse is a quadruped called Tricky.The Monkey That Would Not Kill
There was no evidence that any quadruped had descended the slope.A Waif of the Mountains
Edward S. Ellis
There was not one quadruped of any kind to be seen in or about that camp.Two Arrows
William O. Stoddard
Was he a quadruped with mane and tail, or an allegory invented to typify destiny?A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
- an animal, esp a mammal, that has all four limbs specialized for walking
- having four feet
C17: from Latin quadrupēs, from quadru- (see quadri-) + pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for quadruped
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- An animal having four feet, such as most reptiles and mammals.
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