Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having four feet; four-footed.
  • adjective Walking on four feet.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Quadruped or four-footed; especially, going on all fours, or adapted or restricted to that mode of progression: as, the quadrupedal shape; quadrupedal locomotion.
  • noun A quadruped.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Having four feet; of or pertaining to a quadruped.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Walking on four feet.

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

  • adjective having four feet

Etymologies

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From quadruped + -al.

Examples

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  • I know the word quadruped, but for some reason I never thought of it in an adjectival way. Usage:

    "Stephen... looked back to the boulder to estimate the orang-utang's ordinary unhurried quadrupedal speed over a moderate slope."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 229

    March 5, 2008