ground sloth


Definition of ground sloth

: any of various often huge extinct American edentates related to the recent sloths

Examples of ground sloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No fossil evidence suggests that a giant ground sloth ever composed a symphony or that a Devonian fish split the atom even once. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Animals found in the Bone Dome include a giant bear, a 10-foot ground sloth, armadillos big enough to ride, and Ice Age horses that are now extinct. Dennis Pillion |, al, 14 Dec. 2021 In this case, the analysis revealed the giant ground sloth ate meat as well as plants. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 Tracks of mammoths, giant ground sloth, dire wolves and birds are all present at the site as well. Katie Hunt, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 Mammoths and a giant ground sloth crossed the tracks in the travelers’ wake, trampling some of the footprints. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 23 Oct. 2020 All three events are part of a daylong slate of activities to mark the date, including the unveiling of a replica of a giant ground sloth skeleton once housed on the school’s Bloomington campus. USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2020 Joshua trees were once dispersed across landscapes with help from ancient pack rats and elephant-size giant ground sloths, a finding based on the abundance of seeds found in fossilized dung. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2020 Alternative options: Other fossils primed for printing include a Priscacara serrata fish, a Stephanoceras juhlei ammonite and a shasta ground sloth’s coprolite (essentially fossilized feces). Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 27 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of ground sloth

1860, in the meaning defined above

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30 Apr 2022

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“Ground sloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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