edentate

adjective
eden·​tate | \ (ˌ)ē-ˈden-ˌtāt How to pronounce edentate (audio) \

Definition of edentate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : lacking teeth
2 : being an edentate

edentate

noun

Definition of edentate (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of an order (Edentata) of mammals having few or no teeth and including the sloths, armadillos, and New World anteaters and formerly also the pangolins and the aardvark

First Known Use of edentate

Adjective

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for edentate

Adjective

Latin edentatus, past participle of edentare to make toothless, from e- + dent-, dens tooth — more at tooth

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The first known use of edentate was in 1828

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“Edentate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edentate. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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edentate

adjective
eden·​tate | \ (ˈ)ē-ˈden-ˌtāt How to pronounce edentate (audio) \

Medical Definition of edentate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : lacking teeth
2 : being an edentate

edentate

noun

Medical Definition of edentate (Entry 2 of 2)

: any mammal of the order Edentata

called also xenarthran

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