Definition of quadruped in English:

quadruped

Line breaks: quad¦ru|ped
Pronunciation: /ˈkwɒdrʊpɛd
 
/

noun

An animal which has four feet, especially an ungulate mammal: smell is so important to quadrupeds [as modifier]: primitive quadruped simian species
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French quadrupède or Latin quadrupes, quadruped-, from quadru- 'four' + pes, ped- 'foot'.

Derivatives

quadrupedal

Pronunciation: /-ˈpiːd(ə)l, -ˈruːpɪd(ə)l/
adjective
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  • 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.’

quadrupedalism

noun
More example sentences
  • These inferences, however, often occur in situations where an optimization is ambiguous (e.g., O'Leary and Uhen, 1999 on terrestrial quadrupedalism or aquatic predation).

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