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Relating to an animal, such as a cat or dog, whose weight is borne on the toes.
[French : Latin digitus, toe; see digit + Latin gradus, step; see grade.]
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(Zoology) (of dogs, cats, horses, etc) walking so that only the toes touch the ground
(Zoology) a digitigrade animal
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dig•i•ti•grade(ˈdɪdʒ ɪ tɪˌgreɪd)
walking on the toes, as most quadruped mammals.
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|Noun||1.||digitigrade - an animal that walks so that only the toes touch the ground as e.g. dogs and cats and horses|
|Adj.||1.||digitigrade - (of mammals) walking on the toes with the posterior part of the foot raised (as cats, dogs, and horses 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
plantigrade - (of mammals) walking on the whole sole of the foot (as rabbits, raccoons, bears, and humans do)
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