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ˈplæn tɪˌgreɪdplanti·grade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plantigrade mammal, plantigradeadjective

    an animal that walks with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground as e.g. bears and human beings

  2. plantigradeadjective

    (of mammals) walking on the whole sole of the foot (as rabbits, raccoons, bears, and humans do)


  1. plantigradenoun

    A plantigrade animal

  2. plantigradeadjective

    walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plantigradeadjective

    walking on the sole of the foot; pertaining to the plantigrades

    Etymology: [L. planta sole of the foot + gradi to walk: cf. F. plantigrade.]

  2. Plantigradeadjective

    having the foot so formed that the heel touches the ground when the leg is upright

    Etymology: [L. planta sole of the foot + gradi to walk: cf. F. plantigrade.]

  3. Plantigradenoun

    a plantigrade animal, or one that walks or steps on the sole of the foot, as man, and the bears

    Etymology: [L. planta sole of the foot + gradi to walk: cf. F. plantigrade.]


  1. Plantigrade

    In terrestrial animals, plantigrade locomotion means walking with the podials and metatarsals flat on the ground. It is one of three forms of locomotion adopted by terrestrial mammals. The other options are digitigrade, walking on the toes with the heel and wrist permanently raised, and unguligrade, walking on the nail or nails of the toes with the heel/wrist and the digits permanently raised. The leg of a plantigrade mammal includes the bones of the upper leg and lower leg. The leg of a digitigrade mammal also includes the metatarsals/metacarpals, the bones that in a human compose the arch of the foot and the palm of the hand. The leg of an unguligrade mammal also includes the phalanges, the finger and toe bones. Humans are an example of a plantigrade species. Other plantigrade species include raccoons, opossums, bears, rabbits, kangaroos, mice, non-human primates, red pandas, rats, hyraxes, skunks, hedgehogs and wolverines. The primary advantages of a plantigrade foot are stability and weight-bearing ability; plantigrade feet have the largest surface area. The primary disadvantage of a plantigrade foot is speed. With more bones and joints in the foot, the leg is both shorter and heavier at the far end, which makes it difficult to move rapidly.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plantigrade

    plant′i-grād, adj. that walks on the sole of the foot.—n. a plantigrade animal, as the bear.—adj. Plant′ar, pertaining to the sole of the foot. [L. planta, the sole, gradi, to walk.]


  1. Plantigrade

    species that walk on the entire foot, not on the claws alone.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plantigrade in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plantigrade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  • плоскостъпен, който ходи на цяло стъпалоBulgarian
  • Sohlengänger, FersengängerGerman
  • plantígradoSpanish
  • kanta-astujaFinnish
  • plantigradeFrench
  • 蹠行動物, 蹠行のJapanese
  • плоскостопный, стопоходящийRussian

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