quadruped

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

Origin of quadruped

1
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/, adjective
  • quad·ru·ped·ism, noun

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How to use quadruped in a sentence

  • Once the grasping power was gained, the first step of change from the quadrupedal to the semi-erect attitude was completed.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
  • In the lower monkeys and the lemurs, the bones of the pelvis are altogether quadrupedal in character.

    Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
  • Following the turning over of the stubble under water, comes the clod smashing and harrowing by quadrupedal or bipedal labour.

    The Foundations of Japan | J.W. Robertson Scott
  • There was a dull thud, a quadrupedal humping, an undulation along the spine of that cow—and the stage-coach was out of sight.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. | William Chauncey Bartlett
  • Here are a dozen quadrupedal friends that can demonstrate the fact that they have something more than instinct.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. | William Chauncey Bartlett

British Dictionary definitions for quadruped

quadruped

/ (ˈkwɒdrʊˌpɛd) /


noun
  1. an animal, esp a mammal, that has all four limbs specialized for walking

adjective
  1. having four feet

Origin of quadruped

1
C17: from Latin quadrupēs, from quadru- (see quadri-) + pēs foot

Derived forms of quadruped

  • quadrupedal (kwɒˈdruːpɪdəl, ˌkwɒdrʊˈpɛdəl), adjective

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Scientific definitions for quadruped

quadruped

[ kwŏdrə-pĕd′ ]


  1. 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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