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 The next day included a visit to the Punta Culebra Nature Center in Panama City, where a three-toed sloth dangled from a tree out front. Pam Leblanc, Travel + Leisure, 2 Sep. 2023 During that period, the company, like some sort of corporate three-toed sloth, has clung tenaciously to Cord's precept. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 10 Mar. 2023 Neam explains that a three-toed sloth's skin is a veritable cafeteria of food options. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2015 Some of the unusual species on view include the Brown-throated three-toed sloth, an Antillean manatee, Harpy eagle, Napoleon wrasse, and the fan-favorite Pygmy marmosets, also known as finger monkeys, one of the smallest primates in the world. Dallas News, 5 Jan. 2022 High on a tree branch, a three-toed sloth was eating leaves at an unhurried pace. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2015 The three-toed sloth is one of the slowest animals, according to Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2022 The slowest mammal in the world is the three-toed sloth. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2022 As well as taking still photos, Sartore records videos of the animal -- such as this brown-throated three-toed sloth filmed at the Pan-American Conservation Association in Panama. Leif Coorlim, CNN, 21 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of three-toed sloth was in 1847

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“Three-toed sloth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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three-toed sloth

: any of a genus of sloths having three claws on each foot compare two-toed sloth

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