• WordNet 3.6
    • n Edentata order of mammals having few or no teeth including: New World anteaters; sloths; armadillos
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Edentata (Zoöl) An order of mammals including the armadillos, sloths, and anteaters; -- called also Bruta. The incisor teeth are rarely developed, and in some groups all the teeth are lacking.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • edentata In mammalogy, a Cuvierian order of mammals; the edentates. The term is literally incorrect, and in so far objectionable, few of these animals being edentulous or toothless; and the Linnean equivalent term, Bruta, is often employed instead. But the name is firmly established, and the members of the order do agree in certain dental characters, which are these: that incisors are never present, and that the teeth, when there are any, are homodont and (excepting in Tatusiinæ) monophyodont, growing from persistent pulps, and being devoid of enamel. The Edentata are ineducabilian placental mammals, with a relatively small cerebrum of one lobe, but otherwise very diversiform in structure, appearance, and mode of life; the old-world forms are likewise widely different from those of the new world; most edentates are of the latter. The armadillos, sloths, and ant-eaters of America, and the fodient ant-eaters and scaly ant-eaters of Africa and Asia, represent respectively five leading types of Edentata, affording a division of the order into the five suborders Loricata (armadillos), Tardigrada (sloths), Vermilinguia (American ant-eaters), Squamata (scaly ant-eaters or pangolins), and Fodientia (digging ant-eaters or aardvarks). The tardigrades, including a number of gigantic fossil forms, as the mylodous and megatheriums, formerly called Gravigrada, are herbivorous, and the living forms are all arboricole. The others are carnivorous and chiefly insectivorous, and it is among these that the entirely toothless forms occur, as in the ant-eaters. The Cuvierian Edentata included the Monotremata, now long since eliminated.
    • edentata A group of crustaceans.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Edentata a Cuvierian order of mammals, having no teeth or very imperfect ones
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., neut. pl. from L. edentatus, p. p. of edentare, to render toothless; e, out + dens, dentis, tooth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. edentātus, toothless—e, out of, dens, dentis, a tooth.


In literature:

Cetacea (whales) and Edentata (armadilloes, scaly ant-eaters, etc.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
The remains of the other extinct Edentata from Sir Woodbine Parish's collection had not been described.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)" by Charles Darwin
Edentata, migration into N. America.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
But we must not judge of the Tertiary Edentata by any now known to us.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI." by Various
An extinct genus of Edentata.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
I have placed Cetacea after Carnivora, and Edentata at the end.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Cetacea (whales) and Edentata (armadilloes, scaly anteaters, &c.), that these are likewise the most abnormal in their teeth.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
The armadillo (Dasypus) belongs to the order of Edentata.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Thirdly, the relation of the living Edentata and Rodentia to the extinct species.
"Life of Charles Darwin" by G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
One of the characteristic orders of the Brazilian fauna is that of the Edentata, which comprises the sloth, armadillo and ant-eater.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various