quadruped

[kwod-roo-ped]
adjective
noun
2.
an animal, especially a mammal, having four feet.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin quadruped- (stem of quadrupēs), equivalent to quadru- quadru- + -ped- -ped

quadrupedal [kwo-droo-pi-dl, kwod-roo-ped-l] , adjective
quadrupedism, noun
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quadruped (ˈkwɒdrʊˌpɛd)
 
n
1.  an animal, esp a mammal, that has all four limbs specialized for walking
 
adj
2.  having four feet
 
[C17: from Latin quadrupēs, from quadru- (see quadri-) + pēs foot]
 
quadrupedal
 
adj

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quadruped
1620 (implied in quadrupedal), from Fr. quadrupède, from M.Fr., from L. quadrupes (gen. quadrupedis) "four-footed, a four-footed animal," from quadri- "four" + pes "foot." The adj. is attested from 1741.
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quadruped   (kwŏd'rə-pěd')  Pronunciation Key 
An animal having four feet, such as most reptiles and mammals.

quadrupedal adjective (kwŏ-dr'pə-dəl, kwŏd'rə-pěd'l)
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It was no longer a threat, except for the smell of moribund quadruped that pervaded the room.
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