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[uhng-gyuh-lit, -leyt]
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  1. having hoofs.
  2. belonging or pertaining to the Ungulata, a former order of all hoofed mammals, now divided into the odd-toed perissodactyls and even-toed artiodactyls.
  3. hooflike.
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  1. a hoofed mammal.
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Origin of ungulate

First recorded in 1795–1805, ungulate is from the Late Latin word ungulātus having claws or hoofs. See ungula, -ate1
Related formsin·ter·un·gu·late, adjective
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Related Words for ungulate

hog, horse, cow, elephant, pig, swine, cattle, tapir, camel, deer, rhinoceros, giraffe, llama, buffalo, hippopotamus

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British Dictionary definitions for ungulate


  1. any of a large group of mammals all of which have hooves: divided into odd-toed ungulates (perissodactyls) and even-toed ungulates (artiodactyls)See perissodactyl, artiodactyl
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Word Origin for ungulate

C19: from Late Latin ungulātus having hooves, from ungula
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Word Origin and History for ungulate


"hoofed," 1802, from Late Latin ungulatus "hoofed," from ungula "hoof, claw, talon," diminutive (in form but not sense) of unguis "nail" (see ungual). Ungulata, the order of hoofed mammals, is recorded from 1839.

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ungulate in Science


  1. A hoofed mammal. Ungulates belong to two orders, Artiodactyla (those having an even number of toes) and Perissodactyla (those having an odd number of toes). See more at artiodactyl perissodactyl.
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