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Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits do.
[French : Latin planta, sole of the foot; see plat- in Indo-European roots + Latin -gradus, going (from gradī, to walk, go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots).]
(Zoology) walking with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground, as, for example, man and bears
(Zoology) a plantigrade animal
[C19: via French from New Latin plantigradus, from Latin planta sole of the foot + gradus a step]
1. walking on the entire sole of the foot, as humans and bears.n.
2. a plantigrade animal.
[1825–35; < New Latin plantigradus= Latin plant(a) sole + -i- -i- + -gradus -grade]
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|Noun||1.||plantigrade - an animal that walks with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground as e.g. bears and human beings|
|Adj.||1.||plantigrade - (of mammals) walking on the whole sole of the foot (as rabbits, raccoons, bears, and humans do)|
mammal, mammalian - any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk
digitigrade - (of mammals) walking on the toes with the posterior part of the foot raised (as cats, dogs, and horses do)