Glyptodon

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Glyptodon (Paleon) An extinct South American quaternary mammal, allied to the armadillos. It was as large as an ox, was covered with tessellated scales, and had fluted teeth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glyptodon The typical and best-known genus of the family Glyptodontidæ; the long-tailed fossil armadillos or glyptodons, with 5 toes on the hind feet and 4 on the fore, the fifth digit of which is wanting. Species are G. clavipes and G. reticulatus, from the Pleistocene of South America.
    • n glyptodon [lowercase] An animal of the family Glyptodontidæ) or Hoplophoridæ; one of the gigantic fossil armadillos of South America. They are all distinguished from the living armadillos not only by their superior size, but by having the carapace composed of a single solid piece without movable segments, and also by possessing a ventral shield or plastron. The superficial resemblance to tortoises is striking; the feet are like those of some turtles, and, as in chelonians, the head could be withdrawn into the shell, though the rest of the vertebral column is a solid tube. The genera are several and the species rather numerous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Glyptodon glip′to-don a gigantic fossil armadillo of South America with fluted teeth.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. carved, engraved + , , tooth. See Glyph
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. glyptos, carved, odous, odontos, tooth.

Usage

In literature:

The most beautiful damsel that ever lived she would without a moment's hesitation turn into a Glyptodon or a Hippocrepian.
"Paul Kelver" by Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
You find the great sloth-like creature, the 'Megatherium', and the great armadillo, the 'Glyptodon', and so on.
"Lectures and Essays" by T.H. Huxley
And is that glyptodon salad?
"Romance Island" by Zona Gale
They had in past ages belonged to those gigantic Glyptodons of the Pliocene period, of which the modern turtle is but a minute specimen.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Spine of Glyptodon, 110.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
Those of the bulk of the mastodons, megatheria, glyptodons, and diprotodons, are uniparous.
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse
The glyptodons doubtless trusted for protection to their mailed coats.
"A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open" by Theodore Roosevelt
Glyptodon resembled a gigantic armadillo.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
It is only among the Glyptodons that any of these vertebrae are fused together into a mass.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
Ward in making casts of the tail of the great fossil armadillo called the glyptodon.
"Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting" by William T. Hornaday
The Glyptodon was a mailed edentate, eight feet long, resembling the little armadillo.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
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In poetry:

Pause and ponder: who could write
A triolet or roundelay
While a Megatherium yawped all night
And a Hesperornis yamped all day,
While now and again the bray sonorous
Of Glyptodon Asper swelled the chorus?
"Extinct Monsters" by Eugene Field