Origin of tardigradeFrench ; from Classical Latin tardigradus, slow-paced: see tardy and amp; 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 grad&imacron;, 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").