: having limbs especially of a specified kind or number
usually used in combination

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One outdoor space has a dotted floral sculpture by Yayoi Kusama, while the entrance court has been colonized by several long-limbed, brightly colored sculptures by New Zealander Francis Upritchard. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2023 These trackways seem to have been formed by a limbed animal with an alternating gait. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 12 Dec. 2011 Fundamentally is there a difference between a four-legged robot and a four-limbed robot? IEEE Spectrum, 8 Mar. 2023 And a four-limbed design may not make much sense for such applications. WIRED, 4 Oct. 2022 Many-limbed, totally boneless and with skin color and texture that can change in a heartbeat, octopuses seem downright otherworldly. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2018 And lanky, long-limbed Waldo sometimes bays like a hound, especially when treeing squirrels. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 25 Nov. 2014 The show, streaming on Peacock on Jan. 26, marries the storytelling quality of the long-arc model with the loose-limbed fun of shows from the 1970s. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 26 Jan. 2023 Paleontologists logged another short-limbed carnivore this year in Northern Patagonia. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of limbed was in the 14th century

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“Limbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limbed. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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