Definition of Pholidota in English:


plural noun

  • A small order of mammals that comprises the pangolins.

    • ‘Attempts to resolve the relationships of Xenarthra and Pholidota to other eutherian mammals have not yet been exhausted.’
    • ‘Some features of mammals that eat mostly ants and termites are used as examples of convergence; the most speciose assemblages of these mammals are in the orders Xenarthra and Pholidota.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, information on the condition of feeding apparatus muscles in ant-eating taxa outside the Xenarthra and Pholidota is incomplete.’
    • ‘Let's turn to what is known about the anatomy of the feeding apparatus in Xenarthra and Pholidota.’
    • ‘An interesting input provided by our data resides in the reliable support obtained for the sister-group relationship of Pholidota and Carnivora.’


Modern Latin (plural), from Greek pholidōtos ‘scaly’, from pholis, pholid- ‘scale’.