artiodactylous


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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.
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Adj.1.artiodactylous - of or relating to or belonging to mammals of the order Artiodactylaartiodactylous - of or relating to or belonging to mammals of the order Artiodactyla
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals