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[kwod-roo-ped] /ˈkwɒd rʊˌpɛd/
an animal, especially a mammal, having four feet.
Origin of quadruped
1640-50; < Latin quadruped- (stem of quadrupēs), equivalent to quadru- quadru- + -ped- -ped
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[kwo-droo-pi-dl, kwod-roo-ped-l] /kwɒˈdru pɪ dl, ˌkwɒd rʊˈpɛd l/ (Show IPA),
quadrupedism, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for quadruped
Historical Examples
  • He was allowed to get no further, but was at once asked what a quadruped is.

  • What difference to the vampire, whether its victim be a biped or quadruped?

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • The four-handed animals fill up the great chasm between the quadruped and the human species.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • But if they did, I am sure it was a quadruped that reared and bucked and kicked up its heels.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • They were as much amused at my admiration of the scenery as I was at their taking so long a journey to look at a quadruped.

    A Month in Yorkshire Walter White
  • Of 58 species of quadruped found in Australia, 46 were peculiar to it.

    Early Australian Voyages John Pinkerton
  • Indeed he is the most peculiar of any quadruped with which I am familiar.

  • No; it was not his voice, nor that of a quadruped of any kind.

    The Cliff Climbers Captain Mayne Reid
  • A quadruped means something with four feet; and a religion means something that commits a man to some doctrine about the universe.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • The third keeper of the lighthouse is a quadruped called Tricky.

British Dictionary definitions for quadruped


an animal, esp a mammal, that has all four limbs specialized for walking
having four feet
Derived Forms
quadrupedal (kwɒˈdruːpɪdəl; ˌkwɒdrʊˈpɛdəl) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin quadrupēs, from quadru- (see quadri-) + pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for quadruped

1640s, from French quadrupède (16c.), from Latin quadrupes (genitive quadrupedis) "four-footed, on all fours," also, as a noun, "a four-footed animal," from quadri- "four" (see quadri-) + pes "foot" (see foot (n.)). The adjective is attested from 1741. Related: Quadrupedal (1610s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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quadruped in Science
An animal having four feet, such as most reptiles and mammals.

quadrupedal adjective (kwŏ-dr'pə-dəl, kwŏd'rə-pěd'l)
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