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perissodactyl

[puh-ris-oh-dak-til] /pəˌrɪs oʊˈdæk tɪl/
adjective
1.
having an uneven number of toes or digits on each foot.
noun
2.
any mammal of the order Perissodactyla, comprising the odd-toed hoofed quadrupeds and including the tapirs, rhinoceroses, and horses.
Also, perissodactyle
[puh-ris-oh-dak-til, -tahyl] /pəˌrɪs oʊˈdæk tɪl, -taɪl/ (Show IPA)
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Compare artiodactyl.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < New Latin perissodactylus < Greek perissó(s) uneven, literally, beyond the norm, strange (derivative of périx (preposition and adv.) round about, akin to perí; see peri-) + -daktylos -dactylous
Related forms
perissodactylous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for perissodactyl

perissodactyl

/pəˌrɪsəʊˈdæktɪl/
noun
1.
any placental mammal of the order Perissodactyla, having hooves with an odd number of toes: includes horses, tapirs, and rhinoceroses
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Perissodactyla
Derived Forms
perissodactylous, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin perissodactylus, from Greek perissos uneven + daktulos digit
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perissodactyl
  (pə-rĭs'ō-dāk'təl)   
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. Also called odd-toed ungulate.
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Encyclopedia Article for perissodactyl

any member of the order Perissodactyla, a group of herbivorous mammals characterized by the possession of either one or three hoofed toes on each hindfoot. They include the horses, asses, and zebras, the tapirs, and the rhinoceroses. The name (Greek perissos, "odd," and daktylos, "finger") was introduced to separate the odd-toed ungulates from the even-toed ones (Artiodactyla), all of which had previously been classified as members of a single group

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