Plantigrada

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Plantigrada (Zoöl) A subdivision of Carnivora having plantigrade feet. It includes the bears, raccoons, and allied species.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • plantigrada A subdivision of Carnivora, or Feræ, fissipedia, embracing those carnivorous animals, as the bear and racoon, which walk with the heel upon the ground. In Illiser's classification (1811), the Plantigrada were a family of his Falculata, or mammals with claws, and contained carnivorous quadrupeds of several different modern families, as the kinkajou, coati, racoon, badger, wolverine, and bear, yet not all of the members of the families to which the animals named properly belong.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

Bears rank among the Plantigrada, or those which put the whole of their feet firmly upon the ground when they walk.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
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