One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hoofed mammal.
Former order Ungulata, now divided into two unrelated orders (see Artiodactyla and Perissodactyla)
- ‘The taxa in this study vary in both size and degree of specialization; prey type ranges from the birds and lizards of small cats and mustelids to the larger ungulates favored by big cats.’
- ‘Bighorn sheep and other large ungulates are highly dimorphic, with males being substantially larger than females, and variation in male reproductive success is also high in these species.’
- ‘This group of ungulates includes horses, tapirs, and rhinos.’
- ‘Like many other wild ungulates, Bactrian camels live in social groups dominated by a single male, but I had no idea that a bull could control such a large harem.’
- ‘Feeding mainly on small ungulates - roe deer, chamois and musk deer - lynx are capable of killing prey three to four times their own size, and in some parts of their range, they take large ungulates, including red deer and reindeer.’
Early 19th century: from late Latin ungulatus, from Latin ungula ‘hoof’.
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