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 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 That was surprising, because the ungulate-rich region should have been great territory for the graceful and speedy cats. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Poaching Isn’t the Cheetah’s Only Problem," 6 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like that of other ungulates, the scat generally takes the form of pellets during winter, when the diet consists of woody browse. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "11 Kinds of Animal Poop Hunters Should Know," 13 Jan. 2020 Puff into the Flextone All-N-One to attract ungulates with a kazoo-​like cry. John Kennedy, Popular Science, "Four whistles and instruments you can use to call wildlife," 7 Jan. 2020 With some ungulates, populations may have already reached the park’s carrying capacity. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019 The red-nosed ungulates will emit a total of 40,668 metric tons of carbon dioxide along their journey. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Let's Have Some Fun and Calculate the Carbon Footprint of Christmas," 19 Dec. 2019 As apex predators, pumas play an important role in their ecosystem, helping control populations of large ungulates, like deer, as well as small predators. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Mercury-Laden Fog May Be Poisoning California’s Mountain Lions," 2 Dec. 2019 In May, anticipating that fires would likely arise in the future, the Reagan foundation sought help from the land-clearing service 805 Goats, which loans out ungulates that are all-too-happy to eat flammable brush. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Hungry Goats Helped Save the Reagan Library from a California Wildfire," 5 Nov. 2019 According to Elbroch, the difference is that while large ungulates can obviously die all year long, most go down in winter, when most insects are scarce. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Cougar leftovers are home to hundreds of beetle species," 11 Mar. 2019 These, the even-toed, or cloven-hoofed ungulates, include deer, sheep, goats, cattle and antelopes—all groups whose members often sport horns or antlers, and in which such headgear is more often found in males than females. The Economist, "Museums’ animal collections favour males," 26 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ungulate. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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