Tuesday, August 25, 2009
digitigrade \ˈdi-jə-tə-ˌgrād\ adjective: walking on the digits or toes with the heel of the foot more or less raised
noun: a digitigrade animal
Etymology: French, from Latin digitus finger + gradus step
Cats and dogs are digitigrades. What look like their feet are actually just their toes, and what look like their (albeit backward) knees are really their ankles.