n. pl. ar·ma·dil·los
Any of various omnivorous burrowing mammals of the family Dasypodidae, native to southern North America and Central and South America and characterized by an armorlike covering consisting of jointed bony plates.
[Spanish, diminutive of armado, armored, past participle of armar, to arm, from Latin armāre, from arma, arms; see ar- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(click for a larger image)armadillo
larger hairy armadillo
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