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Pronunciation of TARDIGRADE
1. walking or moving slowly; slow-paced ...1623
2. fig. sluggish in thought or action; unprogressive; slow-going ...1883
a sloth ...1827
from French tardigrade (1615 in Godef. Compl.), or from Latin tardigradus walking slowly, from Latin tardus slow + -gradus stepping, going
From: Our Antipodes:
Or, Residence and Rambles in the Australasian Colonies.
By Lt. Colonel Godfrey Charles Mundy, 1852
Chapter XIV, 1848, My Fellow Passengers
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