• WordNet 3.6
    • n Dasypus type genus of the Dasypodidae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Dasypus A genus of armadillos, formerly conterminous with the family Dasypodidæ, now restricted to certain species of the subfamily Dasypodinæ (which see). See also cut under armadillo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dasypus das′i-pus a genus of armadillos.
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In literature:

Of armadilloes three species occur, namely, the Dasypus minutus or pichy, the D. villosus or peludo, and the apar.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
The armadillo (Dasypus) belongs to the order of Edentata.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Pliny calls it Dasypus, and Virgil Auritus.
"Astronomical Curiosities" by J. Ellard Gore

In news:

The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) is so named because of the nine moveable rings of armor between the animal's shoulder and the hip shields.