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1. Lacking teeth.
2. Of or belonging to the former order Edentata of mammals having few or no teeth, including the anteaters, armadillos, and sloths. These animals have been reclassified in the order Xenarthra.
A member of the former order Edentata.
(Animals) any of the placental mammals that constitute the order Edentata, which inhabit tropical regions of Central and South America. The order includes anteaters, sloths, and armadillos
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the order Edentata
[C19: from Latin ēdentātus lacking teeth, from ēdentāre to render toothless, from e- out + dēns tooth]
1. belonging or pertaining to the Edentata, an order of New World mammals characterized by a reduced number of teeth and comprising armadillos, sloths, and anteaters.
3. an edentate mammal.
Any of various mammals having few or no teeth. Sloths, armadillos, and anteaters are edentates.
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|Noun||1.||edentate - primitive terrestrial mammal with few if any teeth; of tropical Central America and South America|
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal - mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
Edentata, order Edentata - order of mammals having few or no teeth including: New World anteaters; sloths; armadillos
armadillo - burrowing chiefly nocturnal mammal with body covered with strong horny plates
tree sloth, sloth - any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals of South America and Central America; they hang from branches back downward and feed on leaves and fruits
mylodontid - a variety of extinct edentate
mylodon - large (bear-sized) extinct edentate mammal of the Pleistocene in South America
|Adj.||1.||edentate - having few if any teeth; "anteaters are edentate animals"|
toothless - lacking teeth; "most birds are toothless"; "a toothless old crone"
A. ADJ → desdentado
B. N → desdentado/a m/f