Armadillo Definition

ärmə-dĭlō
armadillos
noun
Any of various omnivorous burrowing mammals of the family Dasypodidae, native to southern North America and Central and South America and characterized by an armorlike covering consisting of jointed bony plates.
American Heritage
Any of a family (Dasypodidae) of burrowing edentate mammals with an armorlike covering of bony plates, ranging from the S U.S. to Argentina: they are mostly nocturnal, and a few species roll up into a ball when attacked.
Webster's New World

Any of a family of burrowing mammals covered with bony, jointed, protective plates, genus Dasypus.

Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Armadillo

Noun

Singular:
armadillo
Plural:
armadilloes, armadillos

Origin of Armadillo

  • Spanish diminutive of armado armored past participle of armar to arm from Latin armāre from arma arms ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish armadillo, diminutive of armado (“armored”), in reference to its protective plates.

    From Wiktionary

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