July 14th, 2016

words are sexy

Thursday word: saltigrade

Content warning: spiders.


saltigrade (SAL-ti-grayd) - adj., (of anumals) moving by leaps; (of legs) adapted for moving in a series of jumps; of or relating to the family Salticidae, the jumping spiders.


Jumping spiders are, of course, cyuuuuuuuute. The word was coined around 1830 from Latin roots saltāre, to jump + -grade, a combinatory form for manner of movement, which is from either gradus, step, or gradī, to walk.

Kangaroos are saltigrade marsupials.

---L.