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plantigrade

[ plan-ti-greyd ]
/ ˈplæn tɪˌgreɪd /
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adjective

walking on the whole sole of the foot, as humans, and bears.

noun

a plantigrade animal.

Nearby words

plantation, plante, planter, planter's punch, planthopper, plantigrade, plantin, plantin, christophe, planting, plantlet, plantocracy

Origin of plantigrade

1825–35; < New Latin plantigradus, equivalent to Latin plant(a) sole + -i- -i- + -gradus -grade
Related formssub·plan·ti·grade, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for plantigrade

plantigrade

/ (ˈplæntɪˌɡreɪd) /

adjective

walking with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground, as, for example, man and bears

noun

a plantigrade animal

Word Origin for plantigrade

C19: via French from New Latin plantigradus, from Latin planta sole of the foot + gradus a step
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Word Origin and History for plantigrade

plantigrade


adj.

1831, from French plantigrade "walking on the sole of the foot" (1795), from Latin planta "sole of the foot" (see plant (n.)) + gradus "step" (see grade (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for plantigrade

plantigrade

[ plăntĭ-grād′ ]

adj.

Walking with the entire sole on the ground, as humans do.
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Science definitions for plantigrade

plantigrade

[ plăntĭ-grād′ ]

Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits.
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