Definition of ungulate in US English:



  • A hoofed mammal.

    Former order Ungulata, now divided into two unrelated orders (see Artiodactyla and Perissodactyla)

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Early 19th century: from late Latin ungulatus, from Latin ungula ‘hoof’.