noun an animal, especially a mammal, having four feet. Origin of quadruped 1640–50;
), equivalent to
-ped- -ped Related forms quad·ru·pe·dal , [kwo- droo-pi-dl, kwod-r oo- ped-l] /kwɒˈdru pɪ dl, ˌkwɒd rʊˈpɛd l/ adjective quad·ru·ped·ism, noun
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Related Words for quadruped pig
creation Examples from the Web for quadruped Historical Examples of quadruped
quadruped (the Splaypes humpidorsus) of great value to the show business.
The third keeper of the lighthouse is a
quadruped called Tricky.
There was no evidence that any
quadruped had descended the slope.
There was not one
quadruped of any kind to be seen in or about that camp.
Was he a
quadruped with mane and tail, or an allegory invented to typify destiny? British Dictionary definitions for quadruped noun an animal, esp a mammal, that has all four limbs specialized for walking Derived Forms quadrupedal ( kwɒˈdruːpɪd, əl ˌkwɒdrʊˈpɛd), əl adjective Word Origin for quadruped
C17: from Latin
quadrupēs, from quadru- (see quadri-) + pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for quadruped n.
1640s, from French
quadrupède (16c.), from Latin quadrupes (genitive quadrupedis) "four-footed, on all fours," also, as a noun, "a four-footed animal," from quadri- "four" (see quadri-) + pes "foot" (see foot (n.)). The adjective is attested from 1741. Related: Quadrupedal (1610s).
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An animal having four feet, such as most reptiles and mammals. Related forms quadrupedal adjective ( kwŏ-drōō) ′pə-dəl, kwŏd′rə-pĕd ′l
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