plural noun Phol·i·do·ta \ˌfäləˈdōtə\

Definition of Pholidota

  1. :  an order of toothless scaly eutherian mammals comprising the pangolins that in many respects resemble true edentates and were formerly included in Edentata

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Origin and Etymology of pholidota

New Latin, from Greek pholidōtos covered with scales, from pholid-, pholis

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to cast off or become cast off

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