from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Relating to an animal, such as a horse, cat, or dog, whose weight is borne on the toes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Walking on the toes, putting the weight of the body mainly on the ball of the foot, with the back of the foot, or heel, raised.
- adj. Belonging to the Digitigrada of the taxonomic order Carnivora.
- adj. Of, resembling, or pertaining to that of a digitigrade animal.
- n. A digitigrade animal, such as a dog or a cat; an animal that walks on its toes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Walking on the toes; -- distinguished from
- n. An animal that walks on its toes, as the cat, lion, wolf, etc.; -- distinguished from a plantigrade, which walks on the palm of the foot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Walking on the toes, with the heel raised from the ground; not stepping on the whole sole of the foot: applied chiefly to carnivorous quadrupeds, and opposed to plantigrade, but without special reference to the Digitigrada as framed by Cuvier. Most quadrupeds are digitigrade. Specifically
- Of or pertaining to the Digitigrada; having the characters of the Digitigrada.
- n. One of the Digitigrada.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an animal that walks so that only the toes touch the ground as e.g. dogs and cats and horses
- adj. (of mammals) walking on the toes with the posterior part of the foot raised (as cats, dogs, and horses do)
French : Latin digitus, toe; see digit + Latin gradus, step; see grade.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French digitigrade (Modern Latin digitigradus), from Latin digitus ("finger, toe, digit") (whence English digit) + gradus ("step”, “pace"). (Wiktionary)