from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having five fingers or toes on each hand or foot.
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- adj. Having five digits on a limb.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having five digits to the hand or foot.
- adj. Having five appendages resembling fingers or toes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having five digits, as fingers or toes; quinquedigitate. Also pentadactylous.
- n. A pentadactyl or quinquedigitate animal: any member of the Pentadactyla.
The fliers, the herbivores and the predators are pentadactyl which isn't an unlikely evolution, but two digits on a side flange?
The fliers, the herbivores and the predators are pentadactyl which isn't an unlikely evolution, but two digits on a side flange? "
Why, then, do all land vertebrates have pentadactyl limbs, for example?
We have established -- thanks to Leon Dane's work with injured Catteni --- that there are more points of similarity than differences between our two species since both are bipedal, pentadactyl, and share many of the same external features, like eyes, ears, noses.
And if the golden fliers, who were pentadactyl, were not indigenous, then the herbivores and predators they'd so far encountered were not indigenous either!
But if, Varian thought, there had been the survey, maybe such things as pentadactyl development and aquatic collapsing parallelograms were entirely possible!
Those herbivores we've been shadowing are not only vertebrates and bleed red blood, but now that I've got close enough to have a good look, the things are pentadactyl, too.
In the pentadactyl plantigrade foot of the early mammals, the first digit, being the shortest, was the first to leave the ground, to dwindle, and finally to disappear.
The plantigrade pentadactyl foot of the primitive Ungulate -- and even the perissodactyl foot that succeeded it -- both belong to the past humid period of the world's history.
In the former the axis of the foot remained in the middle of the third digit, as in the pentadactyl foot.