digitigrade

adjective
dig·​i·​ti·​grade | \ ˈdi-jə-tə-ˌgrād How to pronounce digitigrade (audio) \

Definition of digitigrade

: walking on the digits with the posterior of the foot more or less raised

First Known Use of digitigrade

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for digitigrade

French, from digiti- + -grade

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“Digitigrade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digitigrade. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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digitigrade

adjective
dig·​i·​ti·​grade | \ ˈdij-ət-ə-ˌgrād How to pronounce digitigrade (audio) \

Medical Definition of digitigrade

: walking or adapted for walking on the digits with the posterior of the foot more or less raised cats and dogs are digitigrade mammals — compare plantigrade

Other Words from digitigrade

digitigrade noun

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