Origin of tardigradeFrench from Classical Latin tardigradus, slow-paced: see tardy and grade
- Of or belonging to the Tardigrada.
- Slow in action; slow-moving.
Origin of tardigradeNew Latin Tardigrada phylum name from neuter pl. of Latin tardigradus slow-moving tardus slow -gradus walking, moving ( from gradī to go ; see transgress . ) Adj., sense 2, from Latin tardigradus
(comparative more tardigrade, superlative most tardigrade)
- Sluggish; moving slowly.
From Latin tardigradus (“slowly stepping"), from tardus (“slow") + gradior (“step, walk")
From New Latin Tardigrada (“a phylum of microscopic animals").