Origin of artiodactylfrom Modern Latin from Classical Greek artios, even + daktylos, finger or toe
any of an order (Artiodactyla) of hoofed mammals having an even number of toes, including swine, hippopotamuses, and all ruminants
Any of various hoofed mammals of the order Artiodactyla, having an even number of toes, either two or four, on each foot. Artiodactyls include camels, pigs, hippopotamuses, and the ruminants, such as cattle, deer, sheep, and antelopes.
Origin of artiodactylFrom New Latin Artiodactyla order name Greek artios even ; see ar- in Indo-European roots.Greek daktulos toe
- ar′ti·o·dac′tyl ar′ti·o·dac′ty·lous
top: four-toed foot of a hippopotamus
bottom: two-toed foot of a giraffe
Ancient Greek ἄρτιος (artios, “even”) + δάκτυλος (daktulos, “finger, toe”)