Definitions for ungulateˈʌŋ gyə lɪt, -ˌleɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
un•gu•lateˈʌŋ gyə lɪt, -ˌleɪt(adj.)
belonging or pertaining to the former order Ungulata, comprising all hoofed mammals, now divided into the odd-toed perissodactyls and the even-toed artiodactyls.
Category: Zoology, Biology
(n.)a hoofed mammal.
Origin of ungulate:
1795–1805; < LL ungulātus hoofed = L ungul(a) hoof (ung(uis) (see unguis ) +-ula-ule ) +-ātus -ate1
ungulate, hoofed mammal(adj)
any of a number of mammals with hooves that are superficially similar but not necessarily closely related taxonomically
ungulate, ungulated, hoofed, hooved(adj)
having or resembling hoofs
"horses and other hoofed animals"
An ungulate animal; a hooved mammal.
The majority of large land mammals are ungulates.
Origin: From ungulatus, from ungula.
shaped like a hoof
furnished with hoofs. See the Note under Nail, n., 1
any hoofed quadruped; one of the Ungulata
Ungulates are a diverse group of large mammals, most of which use the tips of their toes, usually hoofed, to sustain their whole body weight while moving. The term means, roughly, "being hoofed" or "hoofed animal". As a descriptive term, "ungulate" normally excludes cetaceans, as they do not possess most of the typical morphological characteristics of ungulates; recent discoveries indicate that they are descended from early artiodactyls, and thus are directly related to other even-toed ungulates such as cattle, with hippopotamuses being their closest living relatives. As a result of these discoveries, the new order Cetartiodactyla has been proposed to include the members of Artiodactyla and Cetacea, to reflect their common ancestry; however, strictly speaking, this is merely a matter of nomenclature, since it is possible simply to recognize Cetacea as a subgroup of Artiodactyla.
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