: a genus of large South American Pleistocene ground sloths related to the genus Mylodon that have the nostrils completely enclosed by the premaxillae so that the skull has a superficial likeness to that of a turtle

Word History


New Latin, from gloss- + -therium

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“Glossotherium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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