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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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


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)


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