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 Hanging from a tree branch, Jennifer Lawrence, the Brookfield Zoo's slow-moving two-toed sloth, received the royal treatment for her seventh birthday. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 17 June 2022 The new arrival is the first Linne's two-toed sloth to be born at Dudley Zoo in its 85-year history. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 13 Apr. 2022 In an adorable video posted to the Florida zoo's YouTube page on May 10, the mother Hoffman's two-toed sloth, named Grizzy, crawls towards her mate, Teddy, with their baby holding onto her stomach. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 16 May 2022 The Linne's two-toed sloth is native to the tropical forests of South America. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 17 Aug. 2021 According to a release from the Massachusetts zoo, on June 22, Sandy the Hoffman's two-toed sloth gave birth to a healthy baby — the first baby sloth born at the zoo in its 127-year history. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 13 July 2021 The highlight of our trek: Learning about Luey, an 11-year-old two-toed sloth. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, 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, 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, 3 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of two-toed sloth

1781, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jun 2022

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“Two-toed sloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/two-toed%20sloth. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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