- an animal, especially a mammal, having four feet.
Origin of quadruped
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Examples from the Web for quadrupedal
The air resounded with the squallings of the quadrupedal multitude.
Not one of them adopted or attempted to adopt the quadrupedal position.
But indeed the whole of the appointments and furniture of the house was adapted for beings who used the quadrupedal position.
The creature that we have here can do absolutely nothing with his toes and is uncomfortable in the quadrupedal position.
His quadrupeds include the mammalia and the quadrupedal reptiles.Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnus
- 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 quadrupedal
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- An animal having four feet, such as most reptiles and mammals.
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