Zoology. having an even number of toes or digits on each foot.
a hoofed, even-toed mammal of the order Artiodactyla, comprising the pigs, hippopotamuses, camels, deer, giraffes, pronghorns, sheep, goats, antelope, and cattle.
- ar·ti·o·dac·ty·lous, adjective
- Compare perissodactyl.
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How to use artiodactyl in a sentence
In the Miocene the evolution of the two-toed artiodactyl foot was well-nigh completed.The Elements of Geology | William Harmon Norton
Or, to put it more definitely: hoofed animals are divided into two groups, even-toed (artiodactyl) and odd-toed (perissodactyl).Evolution | Joseph Le Conte
The artiodactyl group must have quickly branched in turn, as we find very primitive hogs and camels before the end of the Eocene.The Story of Evolution | Joseph McCabe
The great group is now usually divided into those that are odd-toed (Perissodactyl) and those that are even-toed (artiodactyl).The Chain of Life in Geological Time | Sir J. William Dawson
One leading to the existing perissodactyl foot, and the other, apparently later, resulting in the artiodactyl type.Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3) | George John Romanes
British Dictionary definitions for artiodactyl
any placental mammal of the order Artiodactyla, having hooves with an even number of toes; an even-toed ungulate. The order includes pigs, hippopotamuses, camels, deer, cattle, and antelopes
of, relating to, or belonging to the order Artiodactyla
- artiodactylous, adjective
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Scientific definitions for artiodactyl
Any of various hoofed mammals of the order Artiodactyla, having an even number of toes on each foot. Artiodactyls include the pig, sheep, ox, deer, giraffe, and hippopotamus. Also called even-toed ungulate
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