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quadruped

[kwod-roo-ped] /ˈkwɒd rʊˌpɛd/
adjective
noun
2.
an animal, especially a mammal, having four feet.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin quadruped- (stem of quadrupēs), equivalent to quadru- quadru- + -ped- -ped
Related forms
quadrupedal
[kwo-droo-pi-dl, kwod-roo-ped-l] /kwɒˈdru pɪ dl, ˌkwɒd rʊˈpɛd l/ (Show IPA),
adjective
quadrupedism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for quadrupedism

quadruped

/ˈkwɒdrʊˌpɛd/
noun
1.
an animal, esp a mammal, that has all four limbs specialized for walking
adjective
2.
having four feet
Derived Forms
quadrupedal (kwɒˈdruːpɪdəl; ˌkwɒdrʊˈpɛdəl) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin quadrupēs, from quadru- (see quadri-) + pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for quadrupedism

quadruped

n.

1640s, from French quadrupède (16c.), from Latin quadrupes (genitive quadrupedis) "four-footed, on all fours," also, as a noun, "a four-footed animal," from quadri- "four" (see quadri-) + pes "foot" (see foot (n.)). The adjective is attested from 1741. Related: Quadrupedal (1610s).

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quadrupedism in Science
quadruped
  (kwŏd'rə-pěd')   
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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