Perissodactyl meaning

pə-rĭsō-dăktəl
Having an uneven number of toes on each foot.
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Any of various hoofed mammals of the order Perissodactyla, having an odd number of toes, either one or three, on each foot. Perissodactyls include the horses, tapirs, and rhinoceroses.
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Any of an order (Perissodactyla) of hoofed mammals with an uneven number of toes on each foot and a simple stomach, including the horse, tapir, and rhinoceros.
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Any of various hoofed mammals of the order Perissodactyla, having one or three hoofed toes on each hindfoot. During the Tertiary Period, perissodactyls were the dominant herbivorous fauna. Horses, tapirs, and rhinoceroses are perissodactyls.
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Any ungulate mammal with an odd number of toes and belonging to the Perissodactyla, including the horses, zebra, and rhinoceros.
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Origin of perissodactyl

  • New Latin perissodactylus from Greek perissodaktulos perissos excessive, odd (from peri beyond) per1 in Indo-European roots daktulos finger

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