Definition of perissodactyl in English:

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perissodactyl

Pronunciation: /pəˌrisəˈdaktəl/
Zoology

noun

A mammal of the order Perissodactyla, such as a horse or rhinoceros.
Example sentences
  • Both the perissodactyls and artiodactyls underwent a period of rapid evolution during the Miocene.
  • The perissodactyls were once much more numerous.
  • The number of teeth is variable, but in many species it is smaller than the number found in perissodactyls.

adjective

Relating to or denoting perissodactyls.
Example sentences
  • Most perissodactyl lineages went extinct in the late Eocene or Oligocene.
  • The horse's single toe on each of its four feet is its most marked anatomical characteristic and makes it a perissodactyl or odd-toed ungulate.
  • It actually says, "A solid-hoofed perissodactyl ungulate mammal" which may not be any more satisfactory, but is certainly more thorough.

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Syllabification: pe·ris·so·dac·tyl

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