Digitigrade meaning

dĭjĭ-tĭ-grād
Relating to an animal, such as a cat or dog, whose weight is borne on the toes.
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Walking on the toes with the heels not touching the ground, as cats, dogs, or horses.
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Any animal that walks in this manner.
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Relating to an animal, such as a cat or dog, whose weight is borne on the toes.
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(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.
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(zoology, specifically) Belonging to the Digitigrada of the taxonomic order Carnivora.
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(of feet or a manner of walking) Of, resembling, or pertaining to that of a digitigrade animal.
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(chiefly in the plural) A digitigrade animal, such as a dog or a cat; an animal that walks on its toes.
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Origin of digitigrade

  • French Latin digitus toe digit Latin gradus step grade

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French digitigrade (Modern Latin digitigradus), from Latin digitus (“finger, toe, digit”) (whence English digit) + gradus (“step”, “pace”).

    From Wiktionary