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ar·ma·dil·lo

 (är′mə-dĭl′ō)
n. pl. ar·ma·dil·los
Any of various omnivorous burrowing mammals of the family Dasypodidae, native to southern North America and Central and South America and characterized by an armorlike covering consisting of jointed bony plates.

[Spanish, diminutive of armado, armored, past participle of armar, to arm, from Latin armāre, from arma, arms; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

armadillo

(ˌɑːməˈdɪləʊ)
n, pl -los
1. (Animals) any edentate mammal of the family Dasypodidae of Central and South America and S North America, such as Priodontes giganteus (giant armadillo). They are burrowing animals, with peglike rootless teeth and a covering of strong horny plates over most of the body
2. (Animals) fairy armadillo another name for pichiciego
[C16: from Spanish, diminutive of armado armed (man), from Latin armātus armed; compare armada]

ar•ma•dil•lo

(ˌɑr məˈdɪl oʊ)

n., pl. -los.
any of several New World burrowing mammals of the family Dasypodidae, related to the anteater, covered with jointed plates of bone and horn.
[1570–80; < Sp, =armad(o) armed + -illo < Latin -illus diminutive suffix]

ar·ma·dil·lo

(är′mə-dĭl′ō)
Any of several toothless, burrowing mammals of South America and southern North America. Armadillos have an armor-like covering of jointed bony plates and roll up into a ball when attacked.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.armadillo - burrowing chiefly nocturnal mammal with body covered with strong horny platesarmadillo - burrowing chiefly nocturnal mammal with body covered with strong horny plates
edentate - primitive terrestrial mammal with few if any teeth; of tropical Central America and South America
Dasypus novemcinctus, nine-banded armadillo, peba, Texas armadillo - having nine hinged bands of bony plates; ranges from Texas to Paraguay
apar, three-banded armadillo, Tolypeutes tricinctus - South American armadillo with three bands of bony plates
cabassous, Cabassous unicinctus, tatouay - naked-tailed armadillo of tropical South America
Euphractus sexcinctus, peludo, poyou - Argentine armadillo with six movable bands and hairy underparts
giant armadillo, Priodontes giganteus, tatou, tatu - about three feet long exclusive of tail
chlamyphore, Chlamyphorus truncatus, fairy armadillo, pichiciago, pichiciego - very small Argentine armadillo with pale silky hair and pink plates on head and neck
Burmeisteria retusa, greater pichiciego - of southern South America
Translations
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Two creatures like large armadillos had come down to the drinking-place, and were squatting at the edge of the water, their long, flexible tongues like red ribbons shooting in and out as they lapped.
In South America, a similar relationship is manifest, even to an uneducated eye, in the gigantic pieces of armour like those of the armadillo, found in several parts of La Plata; and Professor Owen has shown in the most striking manner that most of the fossil mammals, buried there in such numbers, are related to South American types.
It may be asked in ridicule, whether I suppose that the megatherium and other allied huge monsters have left behind them in South America the sloth, armadillo, and anteater, as their degenerate descendants.
Bad as the country was, ostriches, deer, agoutis, and armadilloes, were abundant.
In the morning we had caught an armadillo, which although a most excellent dish when roasted in its shell, did not make a very substantial breakfast and dinner for two hungry men.
CYPRESS -- Nine banded armadillos have moved into Illinois.
The small blocks, also known as 'Armadillos', are used to segregate cycle paths from the rest of the road and help to prevent vehicles from entering the lanes.
Within the superorder Xenarthra, climbing is mostly known among Pilosa (sloths and anteaters), rather than Cingulata (armadillos).
Autochthonous leprosy has been reported in the eastern United States in Georgia (6) and central Florida (7); transmission was blamed on armadillos, even though most of these case-patients had no history of exposure to armadillos, and armadillos east of the Mississippi River rarely have leprosy (8).
Two tiny screaming hairy armadillos became the first of their species to be born at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
Prior to the setting change, we detected a variety of animals smaller than armadillos, including eastern gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinenis) and eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus), so we feel confident that we detected all armadillo activity.
Based on comparisons with DNA from modern armadillos and their relatives, the researchers determined that glyptodonts' closest living relatives are fairy armadillos (SN: 11/16/13, p.