having an uneven number of toes or digits on each foot.
any mammal of the order Perissodactyla, comprising the odd-toed hoofed quadrupeds and including the tapirs, rhinoceroses, and horses.
- Also pe·ris·so·dac·tyle [puh-ris-oh-dak-til, -tahyl]. /pəˌrɪs oʊˈdæk tɪl, -taɪl/.
- pe·ris·so·dac·ty·lous, adjective
- Compare artiodactyl.
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How to use perissodactyl in a sentence
In the year 1898 the family had to buy a new set of harness for the perissodactyl.Roads of Destiny | O. Henry
These animals, which are grouped with the horse among the odd-toed (perissodactyl) mammals, are now verging toward extinction.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 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 perissodactyl
any placental mammal of the order Perissodactyla, having hooves with an odd number of toes: includes horses, tapirs, and rhinoceroses
of, relating to, or belonging to the Perissodactyla
- perissodactylous, adjective
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Scientific definitions for perissodactyl
Any of various hoofed mammals of the order Perissodactyla, having one or three hoofed toes on each hindfoot. During the Tertiary Period, perissodactyls were the dominant herbivorous fauna. Horses, tapirs, and rhinoceroses are perissodactyls. Also called odd-toed ungulate
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