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quadruped

 [kwod´roo-ped]
1. four-footed.
2. an animal having four feet.

qua·dru·ped

(kwah'drū-ped),
A four-footed animal.
[L. quattuor, four, + pes (ped-), foot]

quadruped

/quad·ru·ped/ (kwod´rah-ped)
1. four-footed.
2. an animal having four feet.quadru´pedal

quadruped

(kwŏd′rə-pĕd′)
n.
A four-footed animal.
adj.
Variant of quadrupedal.

quadruped

[kwod′roo͡ped′]
Etymology: L, quattuor, four, pes, foot
1 any four-footed animal.
2 a human whose body weight is supported by both arms as well as both legs. See also prone-on-elbows.

quadruped

1. four-footed.
2. an animal having four feet.
References in classic literature ?
The hunter of the grizzly bear, however, must be an experienced hand, and know where to aim at a vital part; for of all quadrupeds, he is the most difficult to be killed.
A horse is a quadruped, and quadruped's Latin for beast, as everybody that's gone through the grammar knows, or else where's the use of having grammars at all?
We see these beautiful co-adaptations most plainly in the woodpecker and missletoe; and only a little less plainly in the humblest parasite which clings to the hairs of a quadruped or feathers of a bird; in the structure of the beetle which dives through the water; in the plumed seed which is wafted by the gentlest breeze; in short, we see beautiful adaptations everywhere and in every part of the organic world.
Occasionally a deer, or a Guanaco (wild Llama) may be seen; but the Agouti (Cavia Patagonica) is the commonest quadruped.
Being a person utterly insensible to the social figure he cut, he remained in this posture, but turned a bright round face up at the company, presenting the appearance of a quadruped with a very comic human head.
But as this word was a monosyllable, which, however inoffensive when applied to the quadruped it denotes, is highly reprehensible when used in connection with females of unimpeachable character, many persons were inclined to believe that the young women laboured under some hallucination caused by excessive fear; and that their ears deceived them.
Pickwick, as the tall quadruped evinced a decided inclination to back into the coffee-room window.
she said, stooping in answer to some whimpering of that small quadruped, and lifting his glossy head against her pink cheek.
There is one friend he has not seen yet, and as he cannot be conveniently introduced into the family circle, by reason of his being an iron-shod quadruped, Kit takes the first opportunity of slipping away and hurrying to the stable.
Recognizing little Ned Higgins among them, Hepzibah put her hand into her pocket, and presented the urchin, her earliest and staunchest customer, with silver enough to people the Domdaniel cavern of his interior with as various a procession of quadrupeds as passed into the ark.
There were great cages populous with fluttering and chattering foreign birds, and other great cages and greater wire pens, populous with quadrupeds, both native and foreign.
They observed by my teeth, which they viewed with great exactness, that I was a carnivorous animal; yet most quadrupeds being an overmatch for me, and field mice, with some others, too nimble, they could not imagine how I should be able to support myself, unless I fed upon snails and other insects, which they offered, by many learned arguments, to evince that I could not possibly do.