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extinct gigantic mammal, 1838, irregularly formed from Greek glyptos "engraved" (verbal adjective of glyphein; see glyph) + odon (genitive odontos) "tooth" (see tooth).

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  • glyptodon, glip′to-don, n. a gigantic fossil armadillo of South America with fluted teeth.

  • A primitive genus also appears to be Peltephilus, which is perhaps rather an Armadillo than a glyptodon.

  • The most beautiful damsel that ever lived she would without a moment's hesitation turn into a glyptodon or a Hippocrepian.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • One would have thought from its size and strength that the glyptodon had been built, like Rome, for eternity.

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • We now pass on to the old gigantic representative of the armadillo, the glyptodon.

    Extinct Monsters H. N. Hutchinson
  • The glyptodon was a mailed edentate, eight feet long, resembling the little armadillo.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • The glyptodon is known to have been more than eleven feet in length, and his near-kinsman, the chlamydothere, was even larger.

  • In front, near the centre, is the glyptodon another South American animal of the armadillo tribe.

  • In glyptodon the teeth are almost divided into three lobes by two deep grooves on each side.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • The descending process of the zygomatic arch is not so extraordinarily exaggerated as it is in glyptodon.

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