Definition of Perissodactyla in English:


proper noun

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

    Compare with Artiodactyla
    • ‘However, it is noted that horses, an outgroup species from the order Perissodactyla, are also classified with pigs and camels.’
    • ‘‘Odd-toed’ or ‘odd-hoofed’ mammals make up the Perissodactyla.’
    • ‘Artiodactyls stand in contrast to the ‘odd-toed ungulates,’ the Perissodactyla, in which the plane of symmetry runs down the third toe.’
    • ‘Some later authors have favored placement of Cetacea closer to Perissodactyla among living orders.’
    • ‘With these 11 taxa, it was possible to score support for the benchmark clades Carnivora, Cetartiodactyla, and Perissodactyla.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek perissos uneven + daktulos finger, toe.