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artiodactyl
top: four-toed foot of a hippopotamus
bottom: two-toed foot of a giraffe

ar·ti·o·dac·tyl

 (är′tē-ō-dăk′təl)
n.
Any of various hoofed mammals of the order Artiodactyla, having an even number of toes, either two or four, on each foot. Artiodactyls include camels, pigs, hippopotamuses, and the ruminants, such as cattle, deer, sheep, and antelopes.

[From New Latin Artiodactyla, order name : Greek artios, even; see ar- in Indo-European roots + Greek daktulos, toe.]

ar′ti·o·dac′tyl, ar′ti·o·dac′ty·lous (-tə-ləs) adj.

artiodactyl

(ˌɑːtɪəʊˈdæktɪl)
n
(Zoology) any placental mammal of the order Artiodactyla, having hooves with an even number of toes; an even-toed ungulate. The order includes pigs, hippopotamuses, camels, deer, cattle, and antelopes
adj
(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the order Artiodactyla
[C19: from New Latin artiodactylus, from Greek ártios even + daktulos digit]
ˌartioˈdactylous adj

ar•ti•o•dac•tyl

(ˌɑr ti oʊˈdæk tɪl)

adj.
1. having an even number of toes or digits on each foot.
n.
2. a hoofed, even-toed mammal of the order Artiodactyla, as the cow and other ruminants, the pig, and the hippopotamus. Compare perissodactyl.
[1840–50; < New Latin Artiodactyla < Greek ártio(s) even in number + -daktyla, neuter pl. of -daktylos -dactylous]
ar`ti•o•dac′ty•lous, adj.
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artiodactyl
left: hippopotamus foot
right: giraffe foot

ar·ti·o·dac·tyl

(är′tē-ō-dăk′təl)
Any of various hoofed mammals having an even number of toes on each foot. Artiodactyls include the pig, sheep, ox, deer, giraffe, and hippopotamus. Also called even-toed ungulate.

artiodactyl

a hoofed animal having an even number of toes or digits on each foot, as pigs, sheep, deer, etc. — artiodactylous, adj.
See also: Animals
a hooved animal having an even number of toes or digits on each foot, as pigs, sheep, deer, etc. — artiodactylous, adj.
See also: Feet and Legs
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.artiodactyl - placental mammal having hooves with an even number of functional toes on each footartiodactyl - placental mammal having hooves with an even number of functional toes on each foot
hoofed mammal, ungulate - any of a number of mammals with hooves that are superficially similar but not necessarily closely related taxonomically
Artiodactyla, order Artiodactyla - an order of hooved mammals of the subclass Eutheria (including pigs and peccaries and hippopotami and members of the suborder Ruminantia) having an even number of functional toes
swine - stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals
musk hog, peccary - nocturnal gregarious pig-like wild animals of North America and South America
hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius, river horse, hippo - massive thick-skinned herbivorous animal living in or around rivers of tropical Africa
ruminant - any of various cud-chewing hoofed mammals having a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments
camel - cud-chewing mammal used as a draft or saddle animal in desert regions
llama - wild or domesticated South American cud-chewing animal related to camels but smaller and lacking a hump
Vicugna vicugna, vicuna - small wild cud-chewing Andean animal similar to the guanaco but smaller; valued for its fleecy undercoat
Adj.1.artiodactyl - of or relating to or belonging to mammals of the order Artiodactylaartiodactyl - of or relating to or belonging to mammals of the order Artiodactyla
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals