ungulate

1 of 2

adjective

un·​gu·​late ˈəŋ-gyə-lət How to pronounce ungulate (audio)
ˈən-,
-ˌlāt
1
: having hooves
ungulate mammals
2
: of, relating to, or affecting ungulates
ungulate diseases

ungulate

2 of 2

noun

: 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

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Adjective
Plus, don’t miss an ungulate crash landing that saved one buyer a couple bucks. CNN, 8 Nov. 2023 These findings show that human pluripotent stem cells can become part of ungulate embryos, but the process is not very efficient. Study Summaries, Scientific American, 17 May 2023 Negative impacts include livestock and pet degradation, and reduced ungulate hunting opportunities. Outside Online, 9 Dec. 2022 Lion, ungulate, and visitor reactions to playbacks of lion roars at Zoo Atlanta. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 11 Mar. 2013 The plan is aimed at reducing overpopulated ungulate populations, and dispersing those elk and deer more broadly across the region. Outside Online, 9 Dec. 2022 Deer are Utah’s main migratory ungulate species, Olson said. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Nov. 2022 Topics include favorite methods for excavating ungulate innards and the joys of canning raw bear meat. Rachel Levin, Bon Appétit, 19 Sep. 2022 And fewer individuals of several ungulate species were found to be migrating. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2022
Noun
These grasses are better adapted to herbivory than the native grasses of the New World, which has few native ungulates. Mary Roach, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 The docents are volunteers who essentially hang out at the preserve to say hello and explain why there are hundreds of even-toed ungulates munching away on the grasses. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Tens of thousands of these ticks can latch onto a single moose, driving the ungulate to single-mindedly scratch off much of its coat to get rid of them, decreasing the moose’s foraging time. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2023 Wolves in the West In Yellowstone National Park and around the West, wolves have access to ample wild ungulates like elk, deer, and pronghorn, Rabe says. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 23 Aug. 2023 Wolves primarily feed on large ungulates, including deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, caribou, bison, and wild boar. Paul Richards, Field & Stream, 14 Sep. 2023 Now, scientists are gaining a better understanding of one of the main drivers of the large ungulates’ demise: a devastating parasite known as brainworm. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Sep. 2023 Culling ungulates—reindeer and cattle—from islands in the refuge has never gone down well with locals. WIRED, 26 Aug. 2023 From Alaska to the Upper Peninsula, wolves hunt large ungulates in packs, small prey, and young ungulates on their own, and supplement their diets as necessary with everything from birds to fish to blueberries. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

Noun

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

First Known Use

Adjective

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ungulate was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Ungulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungulate. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

ungulate

1 of 2 adjective
un·​gu·​late ˈəŋ-gyə-lət How to pronounce ungulate (audio)
ˈən-,
-ˌlāt
1
: having hooves
2
: of or relating to the ungulates

ungulate

2 of 2 noun
: any of a group of typically plant-eating 4-footed hoofed mammals (as cows, sheep, pigs, horses, camels, and rhinoceroses)

Medical Definition

ungulate

1 of 2 adjective
un·​gu·​late ˈəŋ-gyə-lət How to pronounce ungulate (audio) ˈən- How to pronounce ungulate (audio)
-ˌlāt
1
: having hooves
2
: of or relating to the ungulates

ungulate

2 of 2 noun
: 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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