noun, plural ar·ma·dil·los.
- armada chest,
- armada, spanish,
Origin of armadillo
Examples from the Web for armadillo
Nicaragua: Nicaragua boasts not one, but two species of everyone's favorite armored mammal, the armadillo.
And, like a true critic, Menkes dwelled for a moment on the centerpiece of that collection, the infamous Armadillo boot.
How Alexander McQueen's "armadillo boots" charmed Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness, and Barbie.
When you were doing the interview, David, were you aware of just how thick skinned, how armored, he was like an armadillo?
In front, near the centre, is the glyptodon another South American animal of the armadillo tribe.A Manual of the Antiquity of Man|J. P. MacLean
They nibbled tortillas and a coil of cheese, an armadillo scrabbling in the distance.When the Owl Cries|Paul Bartlett
The armadillo had not heard of any danger, but he replied that it had passed.Fairy Tales from Brazil|Elsie Spicer Eells
In zoology the word is used of the bony shell of the armadillo.
The hard plates of the armadillo are thus in strong contrast to the softer skins of other animals.Colouration in Animals and Plants|Alfred Tylor
noun plural -los
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.