armadillo

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English[edit]

nine-banded armadillo

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From Spanish armadillo, diminutive of armado (armored), in reference to its protective plates.

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armadillo (plural armadillos or armadilloes)

  1. Any of a family of burrowing mammals covered with bony, jointed, protective plates, genus Dasypus.
    • 2013 July 26, Nick Miroff, “Mexico gets a taste for eating insects […]”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 7, page 32: 
      The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters […]. But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish armadillo.

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armadillo m (plural armadillos)

  1. armadillo

Italian[edit]

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armadillo m (plural armadilli)

  1. armadillo

Malay[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English armadillo, from Spanish armadillo, diminutive of armado (armored), in reference to its protective plates.

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armadillo

  1. armadillo

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

armado (armored) +‎ -illo (diminutive), i.e. "little armored one"

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armadillo m (plural armadillos)

  1. armadillo

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