quadruped


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quad·ru·ped

 (kwŏd′rə-pĕd′)
n.
A four-footed animal.
adj.
Variant of quadrupedal.

quadruped

(ˈkwɒdrʊˌpɛd)
n
(Zoology) an animal, esp a mammal, that has all four limbs specialized for walking
adj
(Zoology) having four feet
[C17: from Latin quadrupēs, from quadru- (see quadri-) + pēs foot]
quadrupedal adj

quad•ru•ped

(ˈkwɒd rʊˌpɛd)

adj.
1. four-footed.
n.
2. an animal, esp. a mammal, that has four feet.
[1640–50; < Latin quadruped-, s. of quadrupēs; see quadru-, -ped]
quad•ru•pe•dal (kwɒˈdru pɪ dl, ˌkwɒd rʊˈpɛd l) adj.
quad′ru•ped`ism, n.

quad·ru·ped

(kwŏd′rə-pĕd′)
An animal having four feet, such as most reptiles and mammals.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quadruped - an animal especially a mammal having four limbs specialized for walkingquadruped - an animal especially a mammal having four limbs specialized for walking
tetrapod - a vertebrate animal having four feet or legs or leglike appendages
forefoot - a front foot of a quadruped
hindfoot - a rear foot of a quadruped
lumbus, loin - either side of the backbone between the hipbone and the ribs in humans as well as quadrupeds
croupe, rump, croup, hindquarters - the part of an animal that corresponds to the human buttocks
haunch - the loin and leg of a quadruped
flank - the side between ribs and hipbone
animal leg - the leg of an animal
hind leg - the back limb of a quadruped
foreleg - the forelimb of a quadruped
posteriority - the quality of being toward the back or toward the rear end
Adj.1.quadruped - having four feet
biped, bipedal, two-footed - having two feet
Translations
رُباعي الأرْجُل
čtvernožec
firbenet dyr
négylábú
ferfætlingur
keturkojis
četrkājis
štvornožec
dört ayaklı

quadruped

[ˈkwɒdrʊped] Ncuadrúpedo m

quadruped

[ˈkwɒdrʊpɛd] nquadrupède m

quadruped

nVierfüß(l)er m
adjvierfüßig

quadruped

[ˈkwɒdrʊˌpɛd] nquadrupede m

quadruped

(ˈkwodruped) noun
a four-footed animal. An elephant is a quadruped.
References in classic literature ?
Pickwick, as the tall quadruped evinced a decided inclination to back into the coffee-room window.
Fifthly, another gigantic edental quadruped. Sixthly, a large animal, with an osseous coat in compartments, very like that of an armadillo.
If you attentively regard almost any quadruped's spine, you will be struck with the resemblance of its vertebrae to a strung necklace of dwarfed skulls, all bearing rudimental resemblance to the skull proper.
"She is angry--she doesn't know what we mean--she'll kick over the milk!" exclaimed Tess, gently striving to free herself, her eyes concerned with the quadruped's actions, her heart more deeply concerned with herself and Clare.
But I could have easily vindicated humankind from the imputation of singularity upon the last article, if there had been any swine in that country (as unluckily for me there were not), which, although it may be a sweeter quadruped than a YAHOO, cannot, I humbly conceive, in justice, pretend to more cleanliness; and so his honour himself must have owned, if he had seen their filthy way of feeding, and their custom of wallowing and sleeping in the mud.
The grizzly bear is the only really formidable quadruped of our continent.
'A horse is a quadruped, and quadruped's Latin for beast, as everybody that's gone through the grammar knows, or else where's the use of having grammars at all?'
We see these beautiful co-adaptations most plainly in the woodpecker and missletoe; and only a little less plainly in the humblest parasite which clings to the hairs of a quadruped or feathers of a bird; in the structure of the beetle which dives through the water; in the plumed seed which is wafted by the gentlest breeze; in short, we see beautiful adaptations everywhere and in every part of the organic world.
As for the white shark, the white gliding ghostliness of repose in that creature, when beheld in his ordinary moods, strangely tallies with the same quality in the Polar quadruped. This peculiarity is most vividly hit by the French in the name they bestow upon that fish.
Happily, about two o'clock, Ned Land brought down a magnificent hog; from the brood of those the natives call "bari-outang." The animal came in time for us to procure real quadruped meat, and he was well received.
Another set, ranging from the lion to the mouse, are quadrupeds. Go down a step or two further, and you come to insects with six legs--hexapods--a beautiful name, is it not?
"By an unjust discrimination against quadrupeds I am made ineligible to a seat in your convention; so I am compelled to seek representation through you."