three-toed sloth

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\ ˈthrē-ˈtōd- How to pronounce three-toed sloth (audio) \

Definition of three-toed sloth

: any of a genus (Bradypus) of sloths having three clawed digits on each foot and eight or nine vertebrae in the neck — compare two-toed sloth

Examples of three-toed sloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than a third of the world’s animal species live there including three-toed sloths, Amazon River dolphins, Amazonian manatees, anacondas, piranhas, and much more. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "5 Trips Every Black Woman Should Take For Adventure This Year," 6 Jan. 2020 Although this species is not threatened, two of the six species of sloth are endangered: the pygmy three-toed sloth (critically endangered) and the maned sloth (vulnerable). Terry Gardner, latimes.com, "Just in time for Mother's Day: zoo babies in the West," 6 May 2018 Two-toed sloths, like the one the Morgans found, and three-toed sloths are typically found in the forests of Central and South America. Mallorie Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "One week after saving baby sloth, Cincinnati couple loses Costa Rican venture to fire," 16 Jan. 2018 November 2, 2017 —In Suriname, the all-volunteer Green Heritage Fund Suriname is devoting itself to the rescue of three-toed sloths. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Meanwhile... in Suriname, the all-volunteer Green Heritage Fund Suriname is devoting itself to the rescue of three-toed sloths," 3 Nov. 2017 Among the six species of two-toed and three-toed sloths, two are endangered. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "What Did Sloths Do to Earn Their Sudden Popularity? Not Much," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of three-toed sloth

1847, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Three-toed sloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/three-toed%20sloth. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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