1. (of mammals) walking on the toes with the posterior part of the foot raised (as cats, dogs, and horses do)
  1. an animal that walks so that only the toes touch the ground as e.g. dogs and cats and horses
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How To Use digitigrade In A Sentence

  • I know, this isn't the usual stuff posted to the GB, but the hound looks so way cool, and besides, unlike all those gag pictures we've all seen, this particular digitigrade quadruped actually needs those goggles. Archive 2008-08-01
  • Mustelids are plantigrade or digitigrade, and their feet have five toes.
  • The natural cast of tetradactyl digitigrade footprint (Fig. lB), was found underneath the pelvic girdle by two of us (TS and GN), while the skeleton and matrix were being recently prepared. Neoceratopsian publications for 2008
  • She stands on powerful digitigrade legs, which appear to have both tremendous strength as well as speed.
  • Because of their digitigrade stance, walking down stairs was difficult for them to do rapidly.
  • The next thing to observe is, that the disposition of bones in the case of the bear is such that the animal walks in the way that has been called plantigrade. That is to say, all the bones of the fingers, as well as those of the toes, feet, and ankles, rest upon the ground, or help to constitute the “soles.” Our own feet are constructed on a closely similar pattern. But in the majority of living mammalian forms this is not the case. For the majority of mammals are what has been called digitigrade. Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3) An Exposition of the Darwinian Theory and a Discussion of Post-Darwinian Questions
  • The supposed stegosaurian track Deltapodus Whyte & Romano, 1994 (Middle Jurassic of England) is sauropod-like, elongate and plantigrade, but many blunt-toed, digitigrade, large ornithopod-like footprints (including pedal print cast associated with the manus of Stegopodus Lockley & Hunt, 1998) from the Upper Jurassic of Utah, better fit the stegosaurian foot pattern. Neoceratopsian publications for 2008
  • It was formerly classed with the racoons, which it superficially resembles; and, as Jerdon remarks, it may be considered as a sort of link between the plantigrade and digitigrade carnivora. Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon
  • The proper position of the Cynoidea should be between the bears and the cats, as in their dentition they approximate to the former, and in their digitigrade character to the latter; but, with a view to make this work concurrent with that of Jerdon's, I have accepted the position assigned by him, though it be a little out of place. Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon
  • They were described as man-size bipeds, but digitigrade, which gave their feet almost the appearance of a dog's walking on its hind legs. Agent Of The Terran Empire
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