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Borrowed from French quadrupède, from Middle French, from Latin stem of quadrupēs (“four-footed, a four-footed animal”), from quadri- (“four-”) + stem of pes (“foot”). Alternatively analyzable as quadru- + -ped.
quadruped (plural quadrupeds)
▼ English terms derived from the PIE root *ped- (0 c, 39 e)
a four-footed or four-legged animal