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armadillo

Line breaks: ar¦ma|dillo
Pronunciation: /ˌɑːməˈdɪləʊ
 
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Definition of armadillo in English:

noun (plural armadillos)

A nocturnal insectivorous mammal that has large claws for digging and a body covered in bony plates. Armadillos are native to Central and South America and one kind is spreading into the southern US.
  • Family Dasypodidae, order Xenarthra (or Edentata): several genera
Example sentences
  • Peccaries, tapirs, anteaters, armadillos, sloths, coatis, and others are around but hard to see.
  • The sloths and armadillos are rather odd mammals characteristic of South America.
  • In South America, a group known as the Xenarthrans developed, today represented by the anteaters, sloths and armadillos.

Origin

late 16th century: from Spanish, diminutive of armado 'armed man', from Latin armatus, past participle of armare 'to arm'.

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