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Definition of "plantigrade" []

  • Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits do. (adjective)
  • A plantigrade animal. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "plantigrade" in a sentence
  • "His hind feet are plantigrade, that is, they rest upon the ground from heel to toe; and his back curves like the segment of a circle."
  • "His hind-feet are plantigrade, that is, they rest upon the ground from heel to toe; and his back curves like the segment of a circle."
  • "A mammal – characterised by its large body with stocky legs, long snout and plantigrade paws – will, by preference, drop its faeces within a forested area."