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armadillo

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noun ar·ma·dil·lo \ˌär-mə-ˈdi-(ˌ)lō\

Simple Definition of armadillo

  • : a small American animal that lives underground and whose head and body are protected by a hard shell

Full Definition of armadillo

plural ar·ma·dil·los

  1. :  any of a family (Dasypodidae) of burrowing edentate mammals found from the southern United States to Argentina and having the body and head encased in an armor of small bony plates

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Origin of armadillo

Spanish, from diminutive of armado armed one, from Latin armatus


First Known Use: 1577

Rhymes with armadillo


ARMADILLO Defined for Kids

armadillo

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noun ar·ma·dil·lo \ˌär-mə-ˈdi-lō\

Definition of armadillo

plural ar·ma·dil·los

  1. :  a small burrowing animal found from Texas to Argentina that has the head and body protected by small bony plates





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