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glyptodont Line breaks: glyp¦to|dont
Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɪptə(ʊ)dɒnt/

Definition of glyptodont in English:


A fossil South American edentate mammal of the Cenozoic era, related to armadillos but much larger. Glyptodonts had fluted teeth and a body covered in a thick bony carapace.
  • Family Glyptodontidae, order Xenarthra (or Edentata): several genera, including Glyptodon
Example sentences
  • The living armadillos of South America bore a striking resemblance to fossil glyptodonts, extinct armored mammals whose fossils occurred in the same area.
  • In North America these included mammoths and mastodon, giant ground sloths, and glyptodonts.
  • In South America, he discovered the bony plates of glyptodonts - creatures reminiscent of armadillos, but much larger - and (at a separate site) the fossil bones of giant ground sloths.


Mid 19th century: from Greek gluptos 'carved' (from gluphein 'carve') + odous, odont- 'tooth'.

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