perissodactyl

noun
pe·​ris·​so·​dac·​tyl | \ pə-ˈri-sə-ˌdak-tᵊl How to pronounce perissodactyl (audio) \

Definition of perissodactyl

: any of an order (Perissodactyla) of nonruminant ungulate mammals (such as a horse, a tapir, or a rhinoceros) that usually have an odd number of toes, molar teeth with transverse ridges on the grinding surface, and the posterior premolars resembling true molars

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perissodactyl adjective

First Known Use of perissodactyl

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perissodactyl

New Latin Perissodactyla, from Greek perissos excessive, odd in number + daktylos finger, toe

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The first known use of perissodactyl was circa 1852

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“Perissodactyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perissodactyl. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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