Definition of nine-banded armadillo in English:

nine-banded armadillo


  • The common long-nosed armadillo, Dasypus novemcinctus, of northern South America, Central America, and the southern U.S., with body armour that forms nine or (commonly) eight bands across the middle; also called peba.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Pennant (1726–1798), naturalist, traveller, and writer.