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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For decades the road remained a quiet spot for armadillo, quail, and gopher.
▪ He must distinguish snakes from eels, tortoises from armadillos, on the basis of the bones presented to him.
▪ I can not look at another zebra, another wildebeest, and certainly no more armadillos!
▪ I remember him in Zoo Quest bringing down a fleeing armadillo with a rugby tackle.
▪ Several years ago there was a fine armadillo whose body consisted of automobile tires of various sizes.
▪ So why are some fellow Republicans acting as if Bush were a rabid armadillo?
▪ The most impressive of all the armadillo species, when responding to attack, is the three-banded.
▪ The road yaws out in front of us, and it is clear that yet another armadillo has been chucked overboard.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Armadillo \Ar`ma*dil"lo\ ([aum]r`m[.a]*d[i^]l"l[-o]), n.; pl. Armadillos (-l[=o]z). [Sp. armadillo, dim. of armado armed, p. p. of armar to arm. So called from being armed with a bony shell.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. Any edentate animal if the family Dasypid[ae], 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. A genus of small isopod Crustacea that can roll themselves into a ball.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1570s, from Spanish armadillo, diminutive of armado "armored," from Latin armatus, past participle of armare "to arm" (see arm (n.2)). So called for its hard, plated shell.


n. Any of a family of burrowing mammals covered with bony, jointed, protective plates, genus ''Dasypus''.


n. burrowing chiefly nocturnal mammal with body covered with strong horny plates


Armadillos are New World placental mammals with a leathery armour shell. The Chlamyphoridae and Dasypodidae are the only surviving families in the order Cingulata, part of the superorder Xenarthra, along with the anteaters and sloths. The word armadillo means "little armoured one" in Spanish. The Aztecs called them āyōtōchtli , Nahuatl for "turtle-rabbit": āyōtl (turtle) and tōchtli (rabbit).

About nine extant genera and 21 extant species of armadillo have been described, some of which are distinguished by the number of bands on their armour. Their average length is about , including tail. The giant armadillo grows up to and weighs up to , while the pink fairy armadillo is a diminutive species, with an overall length of . All species are native to the Americas, where they inhabit a variety of different environments.

Recent genetic research suggests that an extinct group of giant armoured mammals, the glyptodonts, should be included within the lineage of armadillos, having diverged some 35 million years ago, much more recently than previously assumed.

Armadillo (comics)

Armadillo (Antonio Rodriguez), is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Armadillo (video game)

is a NES/Famicom platform video game, published by IGS in 1991.

Armadillo (disambiguation)

An armadillo is a mammal with an armored shell.

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Armadillo (novel)

Armadillo is William Boyd's seventh novel, published in 1998. It was the first of his novels to be based in Britain. Boyd also wrote the screenplay for a BBC/ A&E television adaptation in 2001.

Armadillo (TV film)

Armadillo was a 2001 two part television film starring James Frain, directed by Howard Davies and based on William Boyd's novel of the same name. Boyd also served as the screenwriter for the show.

Armadillo (magazine)

Armadillo is a web-based magazine founded by Mary Hoffman and managed by her daughter Rhiannon Lassiter. The current editor is Louise Ellis-Barrett, the web editor is Andrea Rayner. Linda Newbery edits the Teen Reviews page and Adele Geras is the resident poetry reviewer. Its purpose is to promote children's books through reviews and articles, many of which are written by significant children's authors such as Linda Newbery, Adele Geras and Celia Rees, as well as Hoffman herself. Reviewers include children's librarians and many people who have experience in the publishing world. The magazine has grown in recent years to include event repors, special features and competitions, generously supported by publishers.

Armadillo was founded in 1999 as a print-based magazine, but moved to its current web-based format in 2004. Initially readership was by subscription, but in September 2007 the decision was taken to allow free access; Armadillo is now funded by donations. It is published quarterly in March, June, September and December.

Armadillo aims to be an independent voice promoting children's literature to children and adults. It is supported by a weekly Blog in which Louise Ellis-Barrett and her team contribute reviews, event reports, feature author exclusives, and author tours.

Armadillo (C++ library)

Armadillo is a linear algebra software library for the C++ programming language. It aims to provide efficient and streamlined base calculations, while at the same time having a straightforward and easy-to-use interface. Its intended target users are scientists and engineers.

It supports integer, floating point ( single and double precision), complex numbers, and a subset of trigonometric and statistics functions. Various matrix decompositions are provided through optional integration with Linear Algebra PACKage ( LAPACK) and Automatically Tuned Linear Algebra Software (ATLAS) libraries. High-performance LAPACK replacement libraries such as Math Kernel Library (MKL) and AMD Core Math Library (ACML) can also be used.

The library employs a delayed-evaluation approach (during compile time) to combine several operations into one and reduce (or eliminate) the need for temporaries. Where applicable, the order of operations is optimised. Delayed evaluation and optimisation are achieved through template metaprogramming.

Armadillo is related to the Boost Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms (uBLAS) library, which also uses template metaprogramming. However, Armadillo builds upon ATLAS and LAPACK libraries, thereby providing machine-dependent optimisations and functions not present in uBLAS.

It is open-source software distributed under the Mozilla Public License, making it applicable for the development both open source and proprietary software. The project is supported by the NICTA research centre in Australia and is hosted by SourceForge.

Armadillo (film)

Armadillo is a 2010 Danish documentary film about Danish soldiers in the war in Afghanistan directed by Janus Metz. The film follows a group of soldiers from the Guard Hussars Regiment who are on their first mission in Helmand Province at a forward operating base near Gereshk named FOB Armadillo. The film premièred at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. It was awarded the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique.

The Semaine de la Critique screening described the film as "a journey into the soldiers' minds and a unique film on the mythological story of man and war staged in its contemporary version in Afghanistan".

Usage examples of "armadillo".

I saw that the armadillo was trying to dig its way out through the kitchen cabinets, away from the light.

At my feet the dog was whimpering in frustration and the armadillo was noisily butting its head against the units.

I looked down at Bolivar, who was trying to choke himself to death on the lead, torn between conflicting desires to torment the armadillo and get out on the street.

Or I would have been able to, had the armadillo not clawed them all to pieces and pissed on them.

I fed the armadillo, which by this time was making the kitchen smell strange, and went to bed, if not to sleep.

It had one source of income: a factory that manufactured stuffed souvenir armadillos, armadillo purses and Gila monster wallets, then sold them to tourists blowing through on the highway.

An armadillo was rooting through the grass in search of its breakfast.

By the time the armadillo had nosed and waddled around the bend in the road, Anna was less than thirty-six inches from the gray and scaly hindquarters.

Finally wised-up, her armadillo scuttled ahead, winning back the ten yards Anna had so cunningly eaten up.

The soldier who had ended her game with the armadillo was Jimmy Williams, a tax lawyer with a firm in Jackson.

Sweetie Pie was after the armadillo that had taken up residence under the front porch.

They raced around the yard, with the armadillo freezing and then dashing off in another direction, with Sweetie hot on its trail.

Once Sweetie grew tired of barking at the armadillo, she followed me up the front steps and to the door.

A deer is seen in Tro-Cortesianus 92d seated on a mat opposite a female figure in the same manner as the armadillo on the same page and a dog on the preceding page.

In it the mother armadillo rears her young until they are large enough to care for themselves.