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1. Any of numerous organisms of the group Tetrapoda, usually characterized as those species that have four limbs with digits and those, such as whales and snakes, that are descended from such species. Tetrapoda includes the amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
2. A vertebrate animal with four feet, legs, or leglike appendages.

tet′ra·pod′ adj.
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1. (Animals) any vertebrate that has four limbs
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) Also called: caltrop a device consisting of four arms radiating from a central point, each at about 109° to the others, so that regardless of its position on a surface, three arms form a supporting tripod and the fourth is vertical
3. (General Engineering) engineering a very large cast concrete structure of a similar shape piled in large numbers round breakwaters and sea defence systems to dissipate the energy of the waves
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(ˈtɛ trəˌpɒd)

1. any vertebrate having four limbs or, as in the snake and whale, having had four-limbed ancestors.
2. having four limbs or descended from four-limbed ancestors.
[1820–30; < New Latin tetrapodus < Greek tetrapod-, s. of tetrápous four-footed]
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Noun1.tetrapod - a vertebrate animal having four feet or legs or leglike appendages
craniate, vertebrate - animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
quadruped - an animal especially a mammal having four limbs specialized for walking
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nTetrapode m (spec), → Vierfüßer m
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Revisao sobre toxinas de Anura (Tetrapoda, Lissamphibia) e suas aplicacoes biotecnologicas.
(4) Laboratorio de Zoologia de Vertebrados Tetrapoda (LAZO VERTE), Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.
(21.) Anderson JS (2001) The phylogenetic trunk: maximal inclusion of missing data in an analysis of the Lepospondyli Vertebrata, Tetrapoda. Systematic Biology 50: 170-193
In contrast to the Tetrapoda, the genomes of bony fishes (Teleostei) typically encode twice the number of paralogs (20-26) compared to the retained number of subfamilies (11-12), while the holostean spotted gar (Lepisosteas oculatus) has 13 paralogs spread amongst 11 subfamilies.
However, the trackway shows characters diagnostic only at the level of Tetrapoda and thus is not biostratigraphically useful.