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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Species common to the plantation include Whitetail deer (30+ years of trophy management), Eastern Turkey, Wild hogs, Bob Cats, Coyote and small game such as squirrels, rabbits, opossum and armadillo.
Stefani also posted a picture of Shelton’s massive birthday cake shaped like an armadillo, the perfect dessert for one of country’s biggest stars.
According to National Geographic, armadillos, typically found in the southwestern United States, usually live in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands and semi-deserts.
Animals that may visit are a chinchilla, parrot, armadillo and tortoise, among others.
Other authenticity-signifying curios include a large Hank Williams, Jr., bobblehead, a backlit sign advertising Marlboro cigarettes, and more taxidermied animals (goat, boar, squirrel, armadillo).
The critters are tough to study, living much of their lives underground and avoiding above-ground traps, so researchers track them via live sightings by the public and numerous reports of armadillo roadkill.
Found animal skulls, painted in bright colors or encrusted with beads or stones, prove another important medium, with the skulls of an armadillo, skunk, dog and moose appearing in the Hammer show.
Blurble consists of a huge deck of cards, each with a cartoon image of some noun: a lawnmower, a mummy, an envelope, an armadillo.
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Origin and Etymology of armadillo
Spanish, from diminutive of armado armed one, from Latin armatus
First Known Use: 1577See Words from the same year
ARMADILLO Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of armadillo for Students
: a small burrowing animal found from Texas to Argentina that has the head and body protected by small bony plates
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