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armadillo

[ahr-muh-dil-oh] /ˌɑr məˈdɪl oʊ/
noun, plural armadillos.
1.
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.
Origin of armadillo
1570-1580
1570-80; < Spanish, equivalent to armad(o) armed (< Latin armātus; see arm2, -ate1) + -illo < Latin -illus diminutive suffix
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armadillo

/ˌɑːməˈdɪləʊ/
noun (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
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, diminutive of armado armed (man), from Latin armātus armed; compare armada
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Word Origin and History for armadillo
n.

1570s, from Spanish armadillo, diminutive of armado "armored," from Latin armatus, past participle of armare "to arm" (see arm (n.2)). So called for its hard, plated shell.

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