Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits do.
  • n. A plantigrade animal.

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  • adj. walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground.
  • n. A plantigrade animal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Walking on the sole of the foot; pertaining to the plantigrades.
  • adj. Having the foot so formed that the heel touches the ground when the leg is upright.
  • n. A plantigrade animal, or one that walks or steps on the sole of the foot, as man, and the bears.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Walking on the whole sole of the foot; having the characters of, or pertaining to, the Plantigrada: opposed to digitigrade.
  • n. A plantigrade mammal; a member of the Plantigrada.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of mammals) walking on the whole sole of the foot (as rabbits, raccoons, bears, and humans do)
  • n. an animal that walks with the entire sole of the foot touching the ground as e.g. bears and human beings

Etymologies

French : Latin planta, sole of the foot; see plat- in Indo-European roots + Latin -gradus, going (from gradī, to walk, go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • A mammal – characterised by its large body with stocky legs, long snout and plantigrade paws – will, by preference, drop its faeces within a forested area.

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  • Fingers pointing diagonally forward and laterally, sprawling forelimbs, plantigrade feet.

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  • The supposed stegosaurian track Deltapodus Whyte & Romano, 1994 (Middle Jurassic of England) is sauropod-like, elongate and plantigrade, but many blunt-toed, digitigrade, large ornithopod-like footprints (including pedal print cast associated with the manus of Stegopodus Lockley & Hunt, 1998) from the Upper Jurassic of Utah, better fit the stegosaurian foot pattern.

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  • It failed to inform anyone about the arrival of the bears, it failed to apply any protocol for helping them and squandered a large part of the grant it received from the European Union for promotion and protection of the plantigrade.

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  • Because human legs obviously work well for humans, Russell & Séguin proposed that human-like legs would also work for a human-like dinosauroid, and they gave the creature plantigrade feet.

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  • “By this point, for both Ada and myself, our beloved plantigrade was a painful sight” (in reference to a stuffed bear). alopecia.

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  • Sure enough, after the four plantigrade toes, he went for the dewclaw.

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  • They could be human feet, plantigrade and narrow, with five toes and a similar architecture of bones, the long arches growing taller when the nervous toes curled up.

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