armadillo

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noun ar·ma·dil·lo \ ˌär-mə-ˈdi-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of armadillo

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

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Origin and Etymology of armadillo

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


ARMADILLO Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of armadillo for English Language Learners

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


ARMADILLO Defined for Kids

armadillo

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noun ar·ma·dil·lo \ ˌär-mə-ˈdi-lō \

Definition of armadillo for Students

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


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