Meaning of PERISSODACTYL in English


— perissodactylous , adj.

/peuh ris'oh dak"til/ , adj.

1. having an uneven number of toes or digits on each foot.


2. any mammal of the order Perissodactyla, comprising the odd-toed hoofed quadrupeds and including the tapirs, rhinoceroses, and horses.

Also, perissodactyle /peuh ris'oh dak"til, -tuyl/ . Cf. artiodactyl .

[ 1840-50; perissodactylus perissó ( s ) uneven, lit., beyond the norm, strange (deriv. of périx (prep. and adv.) round about, akin to perí; see PERI-) + -daktylos -DACTYLOUS ]

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