Definition of Tubulidentata in English:


Pronunciation /ˌt(y)o͞obyələdenˈtädə/ /ˌt(j)ubjələdɛnˈtɑdə/

plural noun

  • An order of mammals which comprises only the aardvark.

    ‘This group includes modern Proboscidea, Sirenia (dugongs and manatees), Hyracoidea, Afrosoricida (tenrecs and golden moles), Tubulidentata, and Macroscelidea (elephant shrews).’
    • ‘The orders Hyracoidea, Macroscelides, Sirenia, Proboscidea, and Tubulidentata were grouped into a single clade called Afrotheria.’
    • ‘Among the remaining orders, rate differences were mostly not significant; only Chiroptera evolved faster than Artiodactyla and Tubulidentata, whereas Cetacea evolved faster than Artiodactyla.’


Modern Latin (plural), from tubule + Greek odous, odont- ‘tooth’.