(chiefly in the plural) A digitigrade animal, such as a dog or a cat; an animal that walks on its toes.
Origin of digitigrade
French Latin digitustoedigit Latin gradusstepgrade
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Frenchdigitigrade (Modern Latin digitigradus), from Latindigitus (“finger, toe, digit”) (whence English digit) + gradus (“step”, “pace”).
Digitigrade Sentence Examples
The typical Phenacodus primaevus, of the Lower or Wasatch Eocene of North America, was a relatively small ungulate, of slight build, with straight limbs each terminating in five complete toes, and walking in the digitigrade fashion of the modern tapir.
The horse is eminently " digitigrade," standing on the extremity of the single digit of each foot, which is kept habitually in a position approaching to vertical.