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 And fewer individuals of several ungulate species were found to be migrating. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2022 The kinds of journeys made by ungulate species likely reflect variations in the predictability of food sources and weather patterns, Kauffman says. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, 7 Apr. 2022 For years, wildlife agencies across the country have taken the model used to manage ungulate species like deer, elk and moose and applied it to carnivores. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 29 Jan. 2022 How about the final final straw, the one that could have filled a whole barn with ungulate fodder bound up in bales eight feet high? T. Coraghessan Boyle, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 Though some research has found cattle also prefer to graze alongside prairie dogs, the rodent-ungulate relationship is fickle in ways that aren’t fully understood. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, 5 Mar. 2021 Since the department implemented game codes in 1984, ungulate populations on the Wind River Indian Reservation have soared. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 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, 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, 22 Apr. 2020 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, 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, 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, 4 May 2020 For Royalton Farms, the omnipresent ungulates eventually threatened the survival of the business. cleveland, 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, 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, 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, 26 Mar. 2020 Surveyors walked the riparian areas and adjacent uplands, photographing and geolocating degradation from cattle and other ungulates. Erin Stone, azcentral, 17 Mar. 2020 See More

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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 30 Jun. 2022.

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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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