plantigrade

[plan-ti-greyd]
noun
  1. a plantigrade animal.

Origin of plantigrade

1825–35; < New Latin plantigradus, equivalent to Latin plant(a) sole + -i- -i- + -gradus -grade
Related formssub·plan·ti·grade, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for plantigrade

Historical Examples of plantigrade


British Dictionary definitions for plantigrade

plantigrade

adjective
  1. walking with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground, as, for example, man and bears
noun
  1. a plantigrade animal

Word Origin for plantigrade

C19: via French from New Latin plantigradus, from Latin planta sole of the foot + gradus a step
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

plantigrade in Medicine

plantigrade

[plăntĭ-grād′]
adj.
  1. Walking with the entire sole on the ground, as humans do.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

plantigrade in Science

plantigrade

[plăntĭ-grād′]
  1. Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.