Definition of armadillo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɑːməˈdɪləʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɑːrməˈdɪloʊ//
(pl. armadillos) Wild mammals
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an American animal with a hard shell made of pieces of bone See related entries: Wild mammals Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Spanish, diminutive of armado ‘armed man’, from Latin armatus, past participle of armare ‘to arm’.
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