two-toed sloth

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\ ˈtü-ˈtōd- How to pronounce two-toed sloth (audio) \

Definition of two-toed sloth

: either of two sloths (Choloepus didactylus of South America and C. hoffmanni of Central and South America of the family Megalonychidae) that have two clawed digits on each forefoot, three clawed digits on each hind foot, and usually six or seven vertebrae in the neck — compare three-toed sloth

Examples of two-toed sloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The highlight of our trek: Learning about Luey, an 11-year-old two-toed sloth. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando’s hidden paradise offers adventures by land and by sea," 20 Dec. 2020 But staff members are hoping that one neighbor in particular will catch Athena’s eye: Vlad, a male two-toed sloth and potential suitor. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Will Love Bloom Between Two Sloths at the National Zoo?," 3 Jan. 2020 Athena’s arrival comes nearly two years after the death of another female two-toed sloth, Ms. Chips, who lived most of her 46 years at the small mammal house. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Will Love Bloom Between Two Sloths at the National Zoo?," 3 Jan. 2020 While Fernando may be a slow mover offline, the 4-year-old Linne's two-toed sloth has risen rapidly on the internet. Anchorage Daily News, "Zoos turn to social media to delight, raise money amid virus," 5 May 2020 The video, which was filmed last month depicts Chico, their three-and-a-half-year-old male Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth, meeting two dolphins, Liko and Schooner, per Insider. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Watch Dolphins at the Texas State Aquarium Meet a Sloth in This Adorable Video," 20 Apr. 2020 Horseshoe crabs joined stingrays in an afternoon swim, and Calypso the blue-and-gold macaw practiced social distancing with Squidney the two-toed sloth in front of the penguin exhibit. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "OdySea Aquarium is closed. But you can see a baby shark video and more online," 30 Mar. 2020 Three-toed sloths, of which there are four living species, are also much harder to spot in the wild than their cousins, the two-toed sloths. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Why this rare video of a sloth giving birth has scientists excited," 2 Mar. 2020 The Linneaus’s two-toed sloths hail from South American forest canopy and can be found in Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyana, and the upper Amazon Basin of Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. USA TODAY, "Bounty of bags, parrot false alarm, virtual hike: News from around our 50 states," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of two-toed sloth

1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Two-toed sloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/two-toed%20sloth. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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