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e·den·tate

 (ē-dĕn′tāt′)
adj.
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.
n.
A member of the former order Edentata.

[Latin ēdentātus, past participle of ēdentāre, to knock out the teeth : ē-, ex-, ex- + dēns, dent-, tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.]

edentate

(iːˈdɛnteɪt)
n
(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
adj
(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]

e•den•tate

(iˈdɛn teɪt)

adj.
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.
2. toothless.
n.
3. an edentate mammal.
[1820–30; < Latin ēdentātus deprived of teeth =ē- e- + dent-, s. of dēns tooth + -ātus -ate1]

e·den·tate

(ē-dĕn′tāt′)
Adjective
Lacking teeth.
Noun
Any of various mammals having few or no teeth. Sloths, armadillos, and anteaters are edentates.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
megatherian, megatherian mammal, megatheriid - a large extinct ground sloth
mylodontid - a variety of extinct edentate
mylodon - large (bear-sized) extinct edentate mammal of the Pleistocene in South America
New World anteater, anteater - any of several tropical American mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae which lack teeth and feed on ants and termites
Adj.1.edentate - having few if any teeth; "anteaters are edentate animals"
toothless - lacking teeth; "most birds are toothless"; "a toothless old crone"
Translations
vajaahampainen

edentate

[ɪˈdenteɪt]
A. ADJdesdentado
B. Ndesdentado/a m/f
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Also, like other Central American late Pleistocene mammal assemblages, the El Hatillo mammals are almost all large edentates and ungulates, and are a nearly equal mixture of South American (glyptodonts, sloths, toxodonts) and North American (horses, peccaries, deer, proboscideans) immigrants.
dominating in the vertebrate host macrophages, and includes reptiles, rodents, canids, edentates, marsupials, equas, procynoids, ungulates and also primates (Bray 1974).
Since a 2001 rule change, what is the minimum edentates.
Armadillos and anteaters are classified as edentates.
In 1950, Eliseo Palacios-Aguilera first reported the mammalian fossil remains of edentates and proboscideans recovered from the Quaternary deposits of Villaflores and Villa Corzo, these municipalities are located in central Chiapas.