Meaning of armadillo in English:

armadillo

nounarmadillos

  • A nocturnal insectivorous mammal that has large claws for digging and a body covered in bony plates. Armadillos are native to Central and South America and one kind is spreading into the southern US.

    Family Dasypodidae, order Xenarthra (or Edentata): several genera

    • ‘Peccaries, tapirs, anteaters, armadillos, sloths, coatis, and others are around but hard to see.’
    • ‘The sloths and armadillos are rather odd mammals characteristic of South America.’
    • ‘In South America, a group known as the Xenarthrans developed, today represented by the anteaters, sloths and armadillos.’
    • ‘Anteaters, pangolins, and some armadillos use hook-and-pull digging with the enlarged claw of a single, enlarged manual digit to open termite or ant nests made of hard dirt.’
    • ‘In Florida's Marion County, Interstate 75 cuts right through a state-long swath of greenway that's habitat for bobcats, opossums, and armadillos.’
    • ‘Accessible only by boat, the island provides a natural habitat for a diverse community of wildlife including alligators, fallow deer, dolphins, river otters, and armadillos.’
    • ‘The island is a natural habitat for abundant wildlife, with alligators (look for them lazing in the sun in Myrtle Pond), fallow deer, river otter, and armadillos.’
    • ‘The land bridge allowed the South American armadillo, porcupine, opossum, and ground sloths to colonize the north, as well as the unique South American notoungulates.’
    • ‘Originally known only from central and southern Texas, 9-banded armadillos have recently been found as far north as Nebraska.’
    • ‘South America was also home to living species of armadillos and sloths.’
    • ‘Living xenarthrans are represented by three morphologically distinct lineages: armored armadillos, toothless anteaters, and phyllophagous tree-sloths.’
    • ‘Raccoons, bob cats and armadillos roam the land and gentle manatees (sea cows) swim in the waters of the Indian River.’
    • ‘The placental mammals include such diverse forms as whales, bats, elephants, shrews, and armadillos.’
    • ‘Every time he came up to our place for a visit, all I would hear was ‘my armadillo this’ and ‘my armadillo that.’’
    • ‘Several groups of xenarthrans successfully crossed the Central American land bridge to North America when it formed in the Pliocene; these included a number of kinds of ground sloths and armadillos.’
    • ‘The armadillo, ground sloth, opposums, and phorusrhacid birds were among the animals that migrated North from South America.’
    • ‘As floodwaters turned hilltops into islands, a key group of animals - predators such as jaguars, harpy eagles, and armadillos - disappeared from the islands.’
    • ‘While drifting down the river, it is not uncommon to see all types of wildlife like goats, deer, armadillos, foxes and even a rare glimpse of a Bald Eagle.’
    • ‘‘Some looked like reptilian armadillos or cats, and others looked like little dinosaurs,’ Nesbitt said.’
    • ‘The living armadillos of South America bore a striking resemblance to fossil glyptodonts, extinct armored mammals whose fossils occurred in the same area.’

Origin

Late 16th century from Spanish, diminutive of armado ‘armed man’, from Latin armatus, past participle of armare ‘to arm’.

Pronunciation

armadillo

/ˌɑːməˈdɪləʊ/