Definition of Artiodactyla in English:

Artiodactyla

proper noun

Zoology
  • An order of mammals that comprises the even-toed ungulates.

    Compare with Perissodactyla
    • ‘Experts agree that hippos belong to the mammalian order Artiodactyla, a group of even-toed, hoofed creatures whose extant representatives include camels, pigs and ruminants such as cows.’
    • ‘Within the order can be found some of the fastest-running mammals, but the Artiodactyla also includes relatively slow and cumbersome species such as pigs and hippos.’
    • ‘On the whole, the hedgehog appeared to evolve at a rate not significantly different from those of Primates, Proboscidea, and Rodentia but faster than those of Carnivora, Perissodactyla, and Artiodactyla.’
    • ‘The two major groups of living hoofed mammals are the Artiodactyla, or cloven-hooved mammals; and the Perissodactyla, or odd-toed mammals.’
    • ‘Until recently, zoologists thought the membership list of the order Artiodactyla was limited to hoofed mammals with an even number of toes: camels, cows, deer, giraffes, goats, hippopotamuses, pigs, sheep.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek artios even + daktulos finger, toe.

Pronunciation:

Artiodactyla

/ˌärdēōˈdaktlə/