quadruped

[ kwod-roo-ped ]
/ ˈkwɒd rʊˌpɛd /

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
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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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