three-toed sloth

noun
\ 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 The baby three-toed sloth was found May 10 on the ground near the Playa Chiquita beach. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 21 May 2022 Here, amid stormy conditions, this beautiful moss-covered, three-toed sloth survived. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Tourists in Costa Rica recently witnessed a magical and elusive event—the birth of a three-toed sloth. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, 2 Mar. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 3 Nov. 2017 Among the six species of two-toed and three-toed sloths, two are endangered. Nicole Hong, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of three-toed sloth

1847, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jun 2022

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“Three-toed sloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/three-toed%20sloth. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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