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quadruped

[ kwod-roo-ped ]
/ ˈkwɒd rʊˌpɛd /
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adjective
noun
an animal, especially a mammal, having four feet.

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Origin of quadruped

1640–50; <Latin quadruped- (stem of quadrupēs), equivalent to quadru-quadru- + -ped--ped

OTHER WORDS FROM quadruped

quad·ru·pe·dal [kwo-droo-pi-dl, kwod-roo-ped-l], /kwɒˈdru pɪ dl, ˌkwɒd rʊˈpɛd l/, adjectivequad·ru·ped·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for quadruped

quadruped
/ (ˈkwɒdrʊˌpɛd) /

noun
an animal, esp a mammal, that has all four limbs specialized for walking
adjective
having four feet

Derived forms of quadruped

quadrupedal (kwɒˈdruːpɪdəl, ˌkwɒdrʊˈpɛdəl), adjective

Word Origin for quadruped

C17: from Latin quadrupēs, from quadru- (see quadri-) + pēs foot
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

Scientific definitions for quadruped

quadruped
[ kwŏdrə-pĕd′ ]

An animal having four feet, such as most reptiles and mammals.

Other words from quadruped

quadrupedal adjective (kwŏ-drōōpə-dəl, kwŏd′rə-pĕdl)
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