Origin of quadruped
Examples from the Web for quadruped
Buffon himself could not tell whether the animal was a quadruped, or of the order, serpens!The Prairie|J. Fenimore Cooper
The reference is to a quadruped who looks down to the earth; see note to 13.
She had latterly been thinking of Alvan's rejection of the part of centaur; and his phrase, the quadruped man, breathed meaning.The Tragic Comedians, Complete|George Meredith
It is a quadruped of the feline race; its total length is about nine feet, and its height about twenty-seven inches.Stronghand|Gustave Aimard
Like them, it had no tendency to revert to the quadruped habit.Man And His Ancestor|Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for quadruped
Word Origin for quadruped
Word Origin and History for quadruped
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).