noun Scel·i·do·the·ri·um

Definition of Scelidotherium

  1. :  a genus of extinct Pleistocene four-toed South American edentates smaller than and intermediate in characters between those of the genera Megatherium and Mylodon

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Origin and Etymology of scelidotherium

New Latin, from scelid- (from Greek -skelid-, -skelis leg) + -o- + -therium

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