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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.]

dig′i·ti·grade′ n.
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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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(ˈdɪdʒ ɪ tɪˌgreɪd)

walking on the toes, as most quadruped mammals.
[1825–35; < French; see digiti-, -grade]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.digitigrade - an animal that walks so that only the toes touch the ground as e.g. dogs and cats and horses
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal - mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
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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References in periodicals archive ?
5-6), the trackway is digitigrade rather than plantigrade, lacking any clear sole or palm impressions (Fig.
Manus print shape is very variable in the Burgos trackways, from oval to kidney shape, due to the pes prints overlapping the manus prints, due to the the lack of preservation of the manus morphology due to the substrate or due to a more digitigrade impression of the manus (Marty et al., 2010).
We walk plantigrade (foot flat on the ground during the stance phase) whereas other mammals walk digitigrade (on their toes).
What characteristic has an animal which is digitigrade?