quadruped

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noun quad·ru·ped \ˈkwä-drə-ˌped\

Definition of quadruped

  1. :  an animal having four feet

quadruped

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quadrupedal

play \kwä-ˈdrü-pə-dəl, ˌkwä-drə-ˈpe-\ adjective

Examples of quadruped in a sentence

  1. Horses and cows are quadrupeds.

Did You Know?

The quadrupeds include almost all the mammals. (Among the exceptions are whales, bats, and humans.) The Greek equivalent of this Latin word is tetrapod. However, the two are not identical, since the tetrapod classification includes bipeds such as birds, in which two of the limbs are no longer used for walking. Insects all have six legs, of course, and in the sea there are eight-legged octopods (including the octopus). But there are no animals of any kind with an odd number of legs.

Origin and Etymology of quadruped

Latin quadruped-, quadrupes, from quadruped-, quadrupes, adjective, having four feet, from quadri- + ped-, pes foot — more at foot


First Known Use: 1646

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QUADRUPED Defined for English Language Learners

quadruped

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noun quad·ru·ped \ˈkwä-drə-ˌped\

Definition of quadruped for English Language Learners

  • : an animal that has four feet


QUADRUPED Defined for Kids

quadruped

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noun quad·ru·ped \ˈkwä-drə-ˌped\

Definition of quadruped for Students

  1. :  an animal having four feet


Medical Dictionary

quadruped

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noun quad·ru·ped \ˈkwäd-rə-ˌped\

Medical Definition of quadruped

  1. :  an animal having four feet

quadrupedal

\kwä-ˈdrü-pəd-əl, ˌkwäd-rə-ˈped-\play play adjective

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