from The Century Dictionary.

  • A subdivision of Carnivora, or Feræ, fissipedia, embracing those carnivorous animals, as the bear and racoon, which walk with the heel upon the ground.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) A subdivision of Carnivora having plantigrade feet. It includes the bears, raccoons, and allied species.


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  • It was a carnivorous creature of the plantigrada family, and greatly resembled the American glutton, being strongly built, with short legs, and, like all animals of the feline tribe, a very supple back; its eyes were small and horny, and it was armed with curved claws and formidable jaws.

    The Fur Country

  • _Plantigrada_, _Sub-plantigrada_ and _Digitigrada_.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon


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