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 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 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. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Say hello to Louisville's new two-toed friends as Louisville Zoo welcomes pair of sloths," 3 Jan. 2020 And today’s two-toed sloths are distant cousins of the giant South American Mylodon, believed to be the last ground sloth to go extinct, less than 10,000 years ago. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Ancient molecules reveal surprising details on origins of 'bizarre' sloths," 6 June 2019 The sloth, who is unnamed as of now, is the child of an 18-year-old female Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth named Bonnie and a 25-year-old male sloth named Cocoa. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Baby Sloth Born at Zoo Atlanta," 8 Nov. 2018 The Linnaeus's two-toed sloth is one of the slowest mammals in the world. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Texas State Aquarium brings its sloth count to two," 29 May 2018 The aquarium also recently started a survival plan for two Linnaeus’ two-toed sloths living in the Caribbean Journey exhibit. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas State Aquarium doubles down on wildlife rescue, rehabilitation after Harvey," 3 June 2018 The aquarium announced this week that a young male Linnaeus's two-toed sloth, named Chico, will be joining his female counterpart, 4-year-old Xena, in the aquarium's Caribbean Journey exhibit. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Texas State Aquarium brings its sloth count to two," 29 May 2018 Baby Ruth, a female Linne's two-toed sloth, was born Jan. 28 to a sloth named Charlotte Greenie, who's 21 years old. Terry Gardner, latimes.com, "Just in time for Mother's Day: zoo babies in the West," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of two-toed sloth

1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Two-toed sloth.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/two-toed%20sloth. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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