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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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The investigation into the circumstances of the incident still continued, but one theory was that as he jumped into the water, he hit his head on one of the concrete tetrapods common in Taiwanese harbors, according to CNA.
The authors suggested that because parental care increases the rate of survival of their young, it has played a key role in the colonisation of terrestrial habitats, not only for amphibians but also early tetrapods which ultimately gave rise to mammals including humans.
Tetrapods used on Italian coast to help stop erosion.
According to some authors, there is a positive relationship between vulnerability and body weight in tetrapods (Pimm et al., 1988; Cardillo & Bromham, 2001; Del Monte-Luna & Lluch-Belda, 2003).
The discovery of two Devonian tetrapods in South Africa suggests that the evolution of these creatures from water to land could have occurred anywhere else, and not only in the tropics as was previously thought, a study has established.
The Andreyevka-2 community including antiarch placoderms, acanthodians, chondrichthyans and osteichthyans, as well as tetrapods, has been discussed on repeated occasions by the first author of this paper (Lebedev 1986, 1992, 2013; Lebedev et al.
They date back to the Devonian Period, known for being the era in which the first land-dwelling vertebrates called tetrapods, a group of four-limbed amphibians, evolved on Earth.
There were also observed tetrapods and whiskers out of the furnace on the alumina rod, on the reactor wall and plates.
In an attempt to classify trackways of the Union Chapel Mine site in Alabama to the known skeletal remains of Pennsylvanian tetrapods, the temnospondyl Dendrerpeton was specifically named, together with Amphibamus, by Haubold et al.
Groups covered in nine papers include agnaths (sea lamprey), general tetrapods, bats, lab rats, rabbits, domestic pigs, and cattle.