armadillo

noun
ar·​ma·​dil·​lo | \ ˌär-mə-ˈdi-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce armadillo (audio) \
plural armadillos

Definition of armadillo

: 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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Examples of armadillo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delightfully interesting minor players like Tuk Tuk (a cross between a giant insect and an armadillo, played by Alan Tudyk) and Sisu (Awkwafina, playing the title’s dragon) support the young heroine, Raya (Kelly Marie Tran). Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 Delightfully interesting minor players like Tuk Tuk (a cross between a giant insect and an armadillo, played by Alan Tudyk) and Sisu (Awkwafina, playing the title’s dragon) support the young heroine, Raya (Kelly Marie Tran). Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 Delightfully interesting minor players like Tuk Tuk (a cross between a giant insect and an armadillo, played by Alan Tudyk) and Sisu (Awkwafina, playing the title’s dragon) support the young heroine, Raya (Kelly Marie Tran). Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021 But the cans were extremely cute, especially the one featuring a lemon-slice armadillo. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 28 May 2021 Other megafauna roamed during this ice age, including giant sloths, large armadillo-like creatures called glyptodons, American lions, bears and dire wolves. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 30 Apr. 2021 This includes wild horses, whitetail and axis deer, blackbuck antelope, African oryx, armadillo roadrunners, and more. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2021 Delightfully interesting minor players like Tuk Tuk (a cross between a giant insect and an armadillo, played by Alan Tudyk) and Sisu (Awkwafina, playing the title’s dragon) support the young heroine, Raya (Kelly Marie Tran). Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 9 Apr. 2021 Six years later, Raya’s a stoic, untrusting nomad traveling with her roly-poly best friend/transport Tuk Tuk – part armadillo, part dog, part bug – to seek out Sisu, find all the pieces of the gem and save her dad. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of armadillo

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for armadillo

borrowed from Spanish, noun derivative, with -illo, diminutive suffix, of armado, past participle of armar "to arm," going back to Latin armāre — more at arm entry 2

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The first known use of armadillo was in 1577

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“Armadillo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/armadillo. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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armadillo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of armadillo

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

armadillo

noun
ar·​ma·​dil·​lo | \ ˌär-mə-ˈdi-lō How to pronounce armadillo (audio) \
plural armadillos

Kids Definition of armadillo

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

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