perissodactyl
noun Etymology: New Latin Perissodactyla, from Greek perissos excessive, odd in number + daktylos finger, toe Date: circa 1852 any of an order (Perissodactyla) of nonruminant ungulate mammals (as a horse, a tapir, or a rhinoceros) that usually have an odd number of toes, molar teeth with transverse ridges on the grinding surface, and the posterior premolars resembling true molars • perissodactyl adjective

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  • Perissodactyl — Per is*so*dac tyl, n. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the Perissodactyla. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perissodactyl — [pə ris΄ə dak′təl] adj. [ModL perissodactylus < Gr perissos, uneven (< peri , over) + daktylos, finger: see DACTYL] having an uneven number of toes on each foot n. any of an order (Perissodactyla) of hoofed mammals with an uneven number of… …   English World dictionary

  • perissodactyl — perissodactylous, adj. /peuh ris oh dak til/, adj. 1. having an uneven number of toes or digits on each foot. n. 2. any mammal of the order Perissodactyla, comprising the odd toed hoofed quadrupeds and including the tapirs, rhinoceroses, and… …   Universalium

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

  • perissodactyl — noun Any ungulate mammal with an odd number of toes and belonging to the Perissodactyla, including the horses, zebra, and rhinoceros …   Wiktionary

  • perissodactyl — [ˌpərɪsə(ʊ) daktɪl] noun Zoology a mammal of the order Perissodactyla, which comprises the horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs (the odd toed ungulates). Origin from mod. L. Perissodactyla, from Gk perissos uneven + daktulos finger, toe …   English new terms dictionary

  • perissodactyl — pe·ris·so·dac·tyl …   English syllables

  • perissodactyl — pe•ris•so•dac•tyl [[t]pəˌrɪs oʊˈdæk tɪl[/t]] adj. 1) zool. having an uneven number of toes or digits on each foot 2) mam any mammal of the order Perissodactyla, comprising the odd toed hoofed quadrupeds and including the tapirs, rhinoceroses, and …   From formal English to slang

  • perissodactyl — Having an odd number of toes …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • perissodactyl — /pəˌrɪsoʊˈdæktl/ (say puh.risoh daktl) adjective 1. having an uneven number of toes or digits on each foot. –noun 2. any animal of the mammalian order Perissodactyla, which comprises the odd toed hoofed quadrupeds as the tapirs, the rhinoceroses …   Australian English dictionary

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