a combining form meaning “walking, moving,” in the manner or by the means specified by the initial element: plantigrade.
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Origin of -grade
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adj combining form
indicating a kind or manner of movement or progressionplantigrade; retrograde
Word Origin for -grade
via French from Latin -gradus, from gradus a step, from gradī to walk
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