An animal that has four feet, especially an ungulate mammal.
- During terrestrial locomotion in a quadruped, the manus pushes against the substrate to decelerate, support, and reaccelerate the body.
- Horses, and other quadrupeds, also have scope for functional specialisation between limbs.
- A quadruped can be stable with only three feet on the ground.
- Example sentences
- The front legs of quadrupedal mammals typically support about 60% of body weight.
- However, except for Urban, few data are available to test if the kinematics of bipedal and quadrupedal running differ.
- Undistorted, he writes, the evidence left by the neck muscles ‘is within the range of fossil hominids’ and is ‘nothing like that of any quadrupedal ape.’
Mid 17th century: from French quadrupède or Latin quadrupes, quadruped-, from quadru- 'four' + pes, ped- 'foot'.
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