EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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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Examples from the Web for quadrupedal Historical Examples of quadrupedal British Dictionary definitions for quadrupedal 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 quadrupedal 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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