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Definitions for ARMADILLO
ˌɑr məˈdɪl oʊar·madil·lo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. armadillonoun

    burrowing chiefly nocturnal mammal with body covered with strong horny plates


  1. armadillonoun

    Any of a family of burrowing mammals covered with bony, jointed, protective plates.

  2. Etymology: From Spanish armadillo, diminutive of armado ‘armored’, in reference to its protective plates.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ARMADILLOnoun

    A four-footed animal of Brasil, as big as a cat, with a snout like a hog, a tail like a lizard, and feet like a hedge-hog. He is armed all over with hard scales like armour, whence he takes his name, and retires under them like the tortoise. He lives in holes, or in the water, being of the amphibious kind. His scales are of a bony or cartilaginous substance; but they are easily pierced. This animal hides himself a third part of the year under ground. He feeds upon roots, sugar-canes, fruits, and poultry. When he is caught, he draws up his feet and head to his belly, and rolls himself up in a ball, which the strongest hand cannot open; and he must be brought near the fire before he will shew his nose. His flesh is white, fat, tender, and more delicate than that of a sucking pig. Antoine Furetière

    Etymology: Spanish.


  1. Armadillo

    Armadillos (meaning "little armored ones" in Spanish) are New World placental mammals in the order Cingulata. The Chlamyphoridae and Dasypodidae are the only surviving families in the order, which is part of the superorder Xenarthra, along with the anteaters and sloths. Nine extinct genera and 21 extant species of armadillo have been described, some of which are distinguished by the number of bands on their armor. All species are native to the Americas, where they inhabit a variety of different environments. Armadillos are characterized by a leathery armor shell and long, sharp claws for digging. They have short legs, but can move quite quickly. The average length of an armadillo is about 75 cm (30 in), including its tail. The giant armadillo grows up to 150 cm (59 in) and weighs up to 54 kg (119 lb), while the pink fairy armadillo has a length of only 13–15 cm (5–6 in). When threatened by a predator, Tolypeutes species frequently roll up into a ball; they are the only species of armadillo capable of this.


  1. armadillo

    An armadillo is a small to medium-sized mammal characterized by its unique armor-like shell, which covers most of its body. They belong to the order Cingulata within the infraorder Xenarthra, native to the Americas. The name "armadillo" comes from Spanish, meaning "little armored one". They predominantly feed on insects and other invertebrates, but some species also consume plants and small animals. Armadillos are known for their ability to roll into a ball for protection.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Armadillonoun

    any edentate animal if the family Dasypidae, peculiar to America. The body and head are incased in an armor composed of small bony plates. The armadillos burrow in the earth, seldom going abroad except at night. When attacked, they curl up into a ball, presenting the armor on all sides. Their flesh is good food. There are several species, one of which (the peba) is found as far north as Texas. See Peba, Poyou, Tatouay

  2. Armadillonoun

    a genus of small isopod Crustacea that can roll themselves into a ball

  3. Etymology: [Sp. armadillo, dim. of armado armed, p. p. of armar to arm. So called from being armed with a bony shell.]


  1. Armadillo

    Armadillos are New World placental mammals with a leathery armor shell. The Dasypodidae are the only surviving family in the order Cingulata, part of the superorder Xenarthra, along with the anteaters and sloths. The word armadillo means "little armored one" in Spanish. The Aztecs called them āyōtōchtli, Nahuatl for “turtle-rabbit”: āyōtl and tōchtli. About 10 extant genera and 20 extant species of armadillo have been described, some of which are distinguished by the number of bands on their armor. Their average length is about 75 cm, including tail. The giant armadillo grows up to 150 cm and weighs up to 59 kg, while the pink fairy armadillos are diminutive species, with an overall length of 12 to 15 cm. All species are native to the Americas, where they inhabit a variety of environments. Armadillos are found primarily in South and Central America, particularly in Paraguay and surrounding areas. Many species are endangered. Some species, such as the long-nosed armadillos, are widely distributed over the Americas, whereas others, such as the fairy armadillo, are concentrated in smaller ranges in South America. One species, the nine-banded armadillo, is found in the United States, primarily in the south-central states, but with a range that extends as far east as South Carolina and Florida, and as far north as Nebraska and midwestern Kansas. Their range has consistently expanded in North America over the last century due to a lack of natural predators. They have been found as far north as southern Illinois.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Armadillo

    ärm-a-dil′o, n. a small American edentate quadruped, having its body armed with bands of bony plates:—pl. Armadill′os. [Sp., dim. of armado, armed.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Armadillo is ranked #98553 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Armadillo surname appeared 184 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Armadillo.

    95.6% or 176 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ARMADILLO in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ARMADILLO in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ARMADILLO in a Sentence

  1. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe:

    His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo.

  2. Frdric Delsuc:

    Contrary to what is generally assumed about the distinctiveness of glyptodonts, our analyses indicate that they originated only some 35 million years ago, well within the armadillo radiation, taxonomically, they should be regarded as no more than another subfamily of armadillos, which we can call Glyptodontinae.

  3. Nathan Peterson:

    A police armadillo truck( a modified armored car) followed by about 15 police cars all with their lights on paraded in front of their stand and parked on the side street. I'm getting teary eyed just talking about it, the officers and police chief got out of their cars and talked to the boys and told them how much they supported them. They gave them a donation and took turns buying lemonade. It just made them feel so safe and encouraged.

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