plural noun

in former classifications
: the Edentata as most broadly conceived excepting only the sloths
sometimes : an order or other group comprising the pangolins and the aardvark

Word History


New Latin, from Latin neuter plural of effodient-, effodiens, present participle of effodere to dig out, from ex- + fodere to dig

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“Effodientia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Effodientia. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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