Definition of pes in English:


nounPlural pedes

  • The human foot, or the corresponding terminal segment of the hindlimb of a vertebrate animal.

    • ‘Sauropod footprints show heteropody, with relatively small manus and large pes prints.’
    • ‘Therefore, taxonomic designation based on only manus prints would be premature without associated pes impressions.’
    • ‘Both hindlimbs are directed outward from the pelvis, with the superbly preserved pedes exposed splayed out in dorsal view.’
    • ‘The variance in the general build of the manus and pes is presumably due to scaling with respect to the wide range in body sizes seen among synapsids.’
    • ‘Apart from a fragmentary metatarsal, the tarsus and pes are not preserved in this specimen.’


Mid 19th century: from Latin, ‘foot’.