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artiodactyl

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noun ar·tio·dac·tyl \ˌär-tē-ō-ˈdak-təl\

Definition of artiodactyl

  1. :  any of an order (Artiodactyla) of ungulates (as the camel or pig) with an even number of functional toes on each foot

artiodactyl adjective


Origin of artiodactyl

New Latin Artiodactyla, from Greek artios fitting, even-numbered + daktylos finger, toe; akin to Greek arariskein to fit — more at arm


First Known Use: circa 1879


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