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two-toed sloth

noun

  1. either of two sloths of the genus Choloepus, having two claws on the forelimbs and three on the hind limbs, including C. didactylus and C. hoffmanni.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of two-toed sloth1

First recorded in 1765–75

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Example Sentences

The three-toed sloth (Bradypus) has three digits in the fore-limb, the two-toed sloth (Cholpus) only two.

One day, as we were crossing the Essequibo, I saw a large two-toed sloth on the ground upon the bank.

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