noun, plural armadillos.
any of several burrowing, chiefly nocturnal mammals constituting the family Dasypodidae, ranging from the southern U.S. through South America, having strong claws and a jointed protective covering of bony plates: used in certain areas for food.

1570–80; < Spanish, equivalent to armad(o) armed (< Latin armātus; see arm2, -ate1) + -illo < Latin -illus diminutive suffix Unabridged
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armadillo (ˌɑːməˈdɪləʊ)
n , pl -los
1.  any edentate mammal of the family Dasypodidae of Central and South America and S North America, such as Priodontes giganteus (giant armadillo). They are burrowing animals, with peglike rootless teeth and a covering of strong horny plates over most of the body
2.  fairy armadillo another name for pichiciego
[C16: from Spanish, diminutive of armado armed (man), from Latin armātus armed; compare armada]

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1570s, from Sp. armadillo, dim. of armado "armored," from L. armatus, pp. of armare "to arm" (see arm (2)).
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  appreciated in the southeastern region.
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