walking on the toes with the heels not touching the ground, as cats, dogs, or horses
Origin of digitigradeFr: see digiti- and -grade
any animal that walks in this manner
Relating to an animal, such as a cat or dog, whose weight is borne on the toes.
Origin of digitigradeFrenchLatin digitus toe ; see digit . Latin gradus step ; see grade .
- (of an animal) Walking on the toes, putting the weight of the body mainly on the ball of the foot, with the back of the foot, or heel, raised.
- (zoology, specifically) Belonging to the Digitigrada of the taxonomic order Carnivora.
- (of feet or a manner of walking) Of, resembling, or pertaining to that of a digitigrade animal.
- (chiefly in the plural) A digitigrade animal, such as a dog or a cat; an animal that walks on its toes.