One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having hoofs which are not cloven; having the toes of each foot joined together (as by being webbed). Now historical and rare.
2Treading with the whole foot on the ground, not lightly or on tiptoe; heavy-footed. Now rare.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Trevisa (c1342–?1402), translator. From whole + foot + -ed.
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