[ nahyn-ban-did ]
/ ˈnaɪnˌbæn dɪd /
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.
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Origin of nine-banded armadillo
First recorded in 1905–10
Also called peba, Texas armadillo.
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