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plan·ti·grade

 (plăn′tĭ-grād′)
adj.
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).]

plan′ti·grade′ n.
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plantigrade

(ˈplæntɪˌɡreɪd)
adj
(Zoology) walking with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground, as, for example, man and bears
n
(Zoology) a plantigrade animal
[C19: via French from New Latin plantigradus, from Latin planta sole of the foot + gradus a step]
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plan•ti•grade

(ˈplæn tɪˌgreɪd)

adj.
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plantigrade - an animal that walks with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground as e.g. bears and human beings
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal - mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
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)
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