un·​gu·​late | \ ˈəŋ-gyə-lət How to pronounce ungulate (audio) , ˈən-, -ˌlāt \

Definition of ungulate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having hooves ungulate mammals
2 : of, relating to, or affecting ungulates ungulate diseases



Definition of ungulate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hoofed typically herbivorous quadruped mammal (such as a pig, cow, deer, horse, elephant, or rhinoceros) of a group formerly considered a major mammalian taxon (Ungulata) — see artiodactyl, perissodactyl

Examples of ungulate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Since the department implemented game codes in 1984, ungulate populations on the Wind River Indian Reservation have soared. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "Q&A with a Tribal Hunter on Storytelling, Taking Photos of Game, and Hunting Traditions," 9 Nov. 2020 These management practices have demonstrated low success rates for grizzly hunters, with positive effects on the ungulate populations and very strong bear populations. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Alaska’s Bear Hunting Regulation Changes Aren’t as Sensational as They Sound," 22 June 2020 For example, rodent and ungulate species may transmit more viruses to us, but there are a lot of species in these groups. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "There seems to be no pattern to where humans pick up new viruses," 22 Apr. 2020 For one, ungulate herds probably reached the critical population size long before humans did. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Measles may have emerged when large cities rose, 1500 years earlier than thought," 30 Dec. 2019 This has caused many problems for Goody because animals such as cows, horses and giraffes put about 70 percent of their weight on their front legs, said Melissa McCartney, lead ungulate zookeeper. Carolyn Wilke, sacbee, "A 14-foot-tall arthritis patient receives treatment at the Sacramento Zoo," 18 Aug. 2017 An artist's rendering shows the South American native ungulate Macrauchenia patachonica which had a number of remarkable adaptations, including the positioning of its nostrils high on its head in this illustration released on March 17, 2015. Josh Rosenblatt, Fox News, "Animal that flummoxed Darwin finds its genetic home," 28 June 2017 Animal Adventure Park took the world by storm with its 24-hour feed of April and her ungulate family. Kim Komando, Fox News, "Tech Q&A: Track the solar eclipse," 7 May 2017 Male horns may also attract females looking for the strongest mate, though in most ungulate species, females also have horns, says Patrick Bergin, chief executive officer of the African Wildlife Foundation. National Geographic, "Bizarre Horns of the Animal Kingdom," 6 Aug. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Horse and saddle leather, wet Labrador retriever and rutting male ungulates are smells that seem never to stop drifting through my mind, just below the surface of consciousness. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "How cleaning your gun can take you on a trip down memory lane," 16 May 2020 On their own, the results would seem to point to the special reservoir model, as hoofed ungulates (like our agricultural animals) and rodents collectively accounted for half the viruses that had transitioned to human hosts. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "There seems to be no pattern to where humans pick up new viruses," 22 Apr. 2020 The bone of a steppe bison, a large Arctic ungulate that went extinct about 10,000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age, rests in the hard peat. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 For Royalton Farms, the omnipresent ungulates eventually threatened the survival of the business. cleveland, "Area orchards spring into action to ensure summer fruit, fall favorites," 30 Apr. 2020 This unusual little ungulate was born at the Chyulu Hills National Park in Kenya and is the hybrid of a zebra and a donkey (hence the portmanteau). Aj Willingham, CNN, "All The Good Stuff that happened this week," 18 Apr. 2020 The ungulates are found starting in southwest Ethiopia and through Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Malawi, with patchier distribution through Angola, Mozambique, and Swaziland. Kylie Mohr, National Geographic, "African buffalo," 9 Nov. 2019 Unlike ungulates, which tend to grow their biggest antlers between the ages of 5 and 7, pronghorns tend to maximize their horn growth between ages 3 and 4. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The Keys to Deer Antler Growth," 26 Mar. 2020 Surveyors walked the riparian areas and adjacent uplands, photographing and geolocating degradation from cattle and other ungulates. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Environmental group threatens lawsuit over cattle grazing along Arizona's Verde River," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of ungulate


1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ungulate


Late Latin ungulatus, from Latin ungula hoof, from unguis nail, hoof


New Latin Ungulata, from Late Latin, neuter plural of ungulatus

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“Ungulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungulate. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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un·​gu·​late | \ ˈəŋ-gyə-lət How to pronounce ungulate (audio) \

Kids Definition of ungulate

: a usually plant-eating animal (as a cow, horse, or sheep) with hooves


un·​gu·​late | \ ˈəŋ-gyə-lət How to pronounce ungulate (audio) , ˈən- How to pronounce ungulate (audio) , -ˌlāt \

Medical Definition of ungulate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having hooves
2 : of or relating to the ungulates



Medical Definition of ungulate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hoofed typically herbivorous quadruped mammal (as a pig, camel, hippopotamus, horse, tapir, rhinoceros, or elephant) of a polyphyletic group formerly considered a major mammalian taxon (Ungulata)

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