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plantigrade

Syllabification: plan·ti·grade
Pronunciation: /ˈplan(t)əˌɡrād
 
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Definition of plantigrade in English:

adjective

(Of a mammal) walking on the soles of the feet, like a human or a bear. Compare with digitigrade.
Example sentences
  • Erinaceids can be identified by their dental formula, complete zygomatic arches (the jugal is present), eyes and ears of moderate size, and plantigrade foot posture.
  • A skinned bear carcass resembles a human corpse; and, because the bear is a plantigrade animal with broad soles and five digits, imprints left by its paws resemble human footprints more than those of other animals.
  • Valentine and Estroltch - two males - are fascinating to watch because of their plantigrade feet, which means both heel and toe make contact with the ground, causing them to walk like humans.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French, from modern Latin plantigradus, from Latin planta 'sole' + -gradus '-walking'.

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