|1.||any of the placental mammals that constitute the order Edentata, which inhabit tropical regions of Central and South America. The order includes anteaters, sloths, and armadillos|
|2.||of, relating to, or belonging to the order Edentata|
|[C19: from Latin ēdentātus lacking teeth, from ēdentāre to render toothless, from e- out + dēns tooth]|
edentate e·den·tate (ē-děn'tāt')
|edentate (ē-děn'tāt') Pronunciation Key
Adjective Lacking teeth.
Noun Any of various mammals belonging to the order Xenarthra (or Edentata), having no front teeth and few or no back teeth. The lumbar vertebrae have extra joints, which add support during digging. Sloths, armadillos, and anteaters are edentates.