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nine-banded armadillo

[nahyn-ban-did] /ˈnaɪnˌbæn dɪd/
noun
1.
an armadillo, Dasypus novemcinctus, of the southern U.S. to Argentina, having nine hinged bands of bony plates, the female of which usually gives birth to quadruplets that are always of the same sex.
Also called peba, Texas armadillo.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10
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