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Definition of the noun tetrapod

What does tetrapod mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: tetrapods

  1. a vertebrate animal having four feet or legs or leglike appendages
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic words: craniate / vertebrate = animals having a bony or cartilaginous skeleton with a segmented spinal column and a large brain enclosed in a skull or cranium
    • more specific word: quadruped = an animal especially a mammal having four limbs specialized for walking

Alternative definition of the noun tetrapod


  1. Any vertebrate with four limbs.
  2. Any vertebrate (such as birds or snakes) that have evolved from early tetrapods; especially all members of the superclass Tetrapoda
  3. Concrete structures with 'arms' used to arrest wave energy along the shore in sea defence projects.

Definition of the adjective tetrapod

What does tetrapod mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. Having four limbs or feet


Tetrapod: In coastal engineering, a tetrapod is a tetraeder-shaped concrete structure used as armour unit on breakwaters. A tetrapod's shape is designed to dissipate the force of incoming waves by allowing water to flow around rather than against it, and to reduce displacement by allowing a random distribution of tetrapods to mutually interlock.

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Google previewEvolution

The first tetrapod is the ancestor of all tetrapods, including amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. The tetrapod ancestor was a descendant of the original vertebrate ancestor, but is not an ancestor of any fish. The vertebrate clade therefore ...

Google previewThe Inverted Bowl (2010)

Introductory Accounts of the Universe and Its Life by George H. A. Cole

Tetrapod is a vertebrate that has got four limbs with digits but no fins. The Galaxy is that particular galaxy which contains our Solar System. This lies some 25,000 ly from the centre and takes part in the general galactic rotation completing one ...

Google previewEvolution's Witness (2012)

How Eyes Evolved by Ivan R. Schwab

Near the tetrapod is an ancient scorpion-like creature, and to the right of the scorpion is a myriapod species—millipedes and centipedes. The green fish in the middle of the image at the water's edge trying to come ashore is the artist's rendition ...

Google previewWritten in Stone: A Journey Through the Stone Age and the Origins of Modern Language (2015)

by Christopher Stevens

A tetrapolis is a region containing four cities, each ruled by a tetrarch; a tetraglot speaks four languages; a tetralogy is a set of four plays, three tragic and the last a satire; a tetrapod is an animal with four feet (unlike a tripod, which is a camera ...

Google previewBiological Anthropology and Prehistory (2016)

Exploring Our Human Ancestry by Patricia C. Rice, Norah Moloney

Taxonomically, a tetrapod is any fourlimbed animal with digits on the end of the limbs, so the group includes all amphibians, reptiles, and mammals as well as the lobefinned fish. (Tetrapods also have two eyes and one backbone, though they ...

Google previewThe Supply and Demand Paradox (2007)

A Treatise on Economics by Byron Fisher

The fishlike animals that developed limbs with digits are known as tetrapods.21 A tetrapod is any vertebrate animal that has four legs or any vertebrate animal that is a descendant of an animal with four legs. Tetrapods, over the course of a 350 ...

Google previewThe Evolutionists (2002)

The Struggle for Darwin's Soul by Richard Morris

correspondence is seen in all tetrapods, including birds, amphibians, and reptiles (a tetrapod is an animal with four limbs; a horse is a tetrapod, and so is a bird, which has two legs and two wings). The same bones are seen in the leg of a ...

Google previewTime (2011)

by Roger Reid

Tetrapod is a broad term for four-footed vertebrates. We think the tetrapods at this site were salamander-like creatures, and if you look at these tracks, you see they' re all going in the same direction. This could be evidence for herding.” “Like a ...

Google previewDictionary Of Civil Engineering (1992)

by John S. Scott

Concrete tetrapod weighing 1 5 tons. Titan crane setting 3O-ton blocks in breakwater of coursed blockwork. testing in damp sand for the whole of this period except the first day, during which it is in the mould. Ordinarily a 7 day cube has two ...

Google previewDictionary of Zoology (1999)

by Sudhir Pradhan

ILIAC ARTERIES Blood-vessels, leading from the dorsal aorta to the hindlimbs, of a tetrapod vertebrate. ILIAC PROCESS A process corresponding in position to the ilium but not forming a separate skeletal unit, as on the pelvic girdle of a fish.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Life (2008)

by Kitty Blount, Maggie Crowley

Tetrapod skulls Internasal bones ABSENT INTERNASAL BONES Temnospondyls and higher tetrapods are united by the absence of the internasal bones. The factors that caused these bones to be lost remain unknown. It may be that they ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney ... rev. & enl. under the superintendence of Benjamin E. Smith (1911)


see tetrapod.] In entom., a division of butterflies having the first pair of legs more or less reduced and folded, not fitted for walking.

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1906)

A Work of Universal Reference in All Departments of Knowledge with a New Atlas of the World

tetrapod=(E.) four- foot-ed.] In India, a pallet-bed ; the common portable bedstead of the natives, adopted by Europeans. It consists of a light frame with four legs, the support for the ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

Four as a prefix—tetra Four crotchets—semibreve Fourhundredyearold book— King James Bible Fourhundredth anniversary—quadricentennial, quarter centenary Four inches—hand Fourlegged animal—quadruped, tetrapod Fourlined ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Dinosaurs (1997)

by Philip J. Currie, Kevin Padian

Continental Tetrapod Evolution The faunal succession during the Triassic (Fig. 2) suggests, for Gondwanaland and Laurasia, that there was a substantial mass extinction event during the second half of the Carnian Stage, perhaps 225 Ma ago ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary: The Century dictionary (1914)

tetrapod=(E.) four-foot-ed.] India, a pallet-bed; the common portable bedstead of the natives, adopted by Europeans. It consists of a light frame with four legs, the support for the mattress ...

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Tetrapod Meaning

Video shows what tetrapod means. Any vertebrate with four limbs.. Any vertebrate (such as birds or snakes) that have evolved from early tetrapods, especially all ...

Scrabble value of T1E1T1R1A1P3O1D2

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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