perissodactyle

perissodactyl

[puh-ris-oh-dak-til]
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] .
Compare artiodactyl.


Origin:
1840–50; < Neo-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

perissodactylous, adjective
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perissodactyl or perissodactyle (pəˌrɪsəʊˈdæktɪl, pəˌrɪsəʊˈdæktaɪl)
 
n
1.  any placental mammal of the order Perissodactyla, having hooves with an odd number of toes: includes horses, tapirs, and rhinoceroses
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Perissodactyla
 
[C19: from New Latin perissodactylus, from Greek perissos uneven + daktulos digit]
 
perissodactyle or perissodactyle
 
n
 
adj
 
[C19: from New Latin perissodactylus, from Greek perissos uneven + daktulos digit]
 
perisso'dactylous or perissodactyle
 
adj

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perissodactyl   (pə-rĭs'ō-dāk'təl)  Pronunciation Key 
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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