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An order of even-toed ungulates having either two or four digits, with the axis between the third and fourth; for example, pig and hippopotamus with four; camel, deer, giraffe, antelope, and cow with two.
[G. artios, even in number, + daktylos, finger]
Artiodactylathe even-toed ungulates (i.e. animals possessing hoofs with two or four toes), such as cattle, pigs, deer and camel. Compare PERISSODACTYLA.
the animal order of artiodactylids. Contains the families Antilocapridae (proghorn antelope), Bovidae (antelope, wild cattle, bison, buffalo, wild goats, wild sheep), Camelidae (camels, guanacos, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas), Cervidae (moose, elk), Giraffidae (giraffe, okapi) and Tragulidae (mouse deer).