artiodactyl

artiodactyl
noun Etymology: New Latin Artiodactyla, from Greek artios fitting, even-numbered + daktylos finger, toe; akin to Greek arariskein to fit — more at arm Date: circa 1879 any of an order (Artiodactyla) of ungulates (as the camel or pig) with an even number of functional toes on each foot • artiodactyl adjective

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  • artiodactyl — n. 1. placental mammal having hooves with an even number of functional toes on each foot; a member of the {artiodactyla}. Syn: artiodactyle, even toed ungulate, artiodactyl mammal [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • artiodactyl — adj. of, pertaining to, or belonging to the order {Artiodactyla}. Syn: artiodactylous, even toed. [WordNet 1.5] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • artiodactyl — [ärt΄ē ō dak′təl] n. [< ModL < Gr artios, even + daktylos, finger or toe] any of an order (Artiodactyla) of hoofed mammals having an even number of toes, including swine, hippopotamuses, and all ruminants artiodactylous [är΄tē ō daktə ləs]… …   English World dictionary

  • artiodactyl — artiodactylous, adj. /ahr tee oh dak til/, adj. 1. Zool. having an even number of toes or digits on each foot. n. 2. a hoofed, even toed mammal of the order Artiodactyla, comprising the pigs, hippopotamuses, camels, deer, giraffes, pronghorns,… …   Universalium

  • artiodactyl — I noun placental mammal having hooves with an even number of functional toes on each foot • Syn: ↑even toed ungulate, ↑artiodactyl mammal • Ant: ↑odd toed ungulate (for: ↑even toed ungulate) …   Useful english dictionary

  • artiodactyl — noun Any ungulate mammal with an even number of toes and belonging to the Artiodactyla, including pigs, sheep, deer, cattle, and most grazing animals …   Wiktionary

  • artiodactyl — [ˌα:tɪə(ʊ) daktɪl] noun Zoology a mammal of the order Artiodactyla, which comprises the ruminants, camels, pigs, and hippopotamuses (the even toed ungulates). Origin from mod. L. Artiodactyla, from Gk artios even + daktulos finger, toe …   English new terms dictionary

  • artiodactyl — ar·ti·o·dac·tyl …   English syllables

  • artiodactyl — ar•ti•o•dac•tyl [[t]ˌɑr ti oʊˈdæk tɪl[/t]] adj. 1) zool. having an even number of toes or digits on each foot 2) mam a hoofed, even toed mammal of the order Artiodactyla, as the cow and other ruminants, the pig, and the hippopotamus Compare… …   From formal English to slang

  • artiodactyl — /ˌatioʊˈdæktəl/ (say .ahteeoh daktuhl) adjective 1. Zoology having an even number of toes or digits on each foot. –noun 2. any animal of the mammalian order Artiodactyla, which comprises the even toed quadrupeds, as the swine, the hippopotamuses… …   Australian English dictionary

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