- 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
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Contemporary Examples of armadillo
Nicaragua: Nicaragua boasts not one, but two species of everyone's favorite armored mammal, the armadillo.Which Country Should Snowden Live In?
July 7, 2013
And, like a true critic, Menkes dwelled for a moment on the centerpiece of that collection, the infamous Armadillo boot.Inside Alexander McQueen's Memorial
September 20, 2010
How Alexander McQueen's "armadillo boots" charmed Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness, and Barbie.Best Shoes Ever
February 4, 2010
When you were doing the interview, David, were you aware of just how thick skinned, how armored, he was like an armadillo?David Frost on Frost/Nixon
The Daily Beast
December 6, 2008
Historical Examples of armadillo
It is a curious fact that mosquitoes often inhabit the burrows of the armadillo.
When he finds no mosquitoes, he is sure there is no armadillo.
The monkey, the goat, and the armadillo have all failed to give satisfaction.
The armadillo had not heard of any danger, but he replied that it had passed.
"Let the one who got you in there help you out," replied the armadillo as he went on his way.
- 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
- fairy armadillo another name for pichiciego
Word Origin for armadillo
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.