Definitions of edentate
  1. noun
    primitive terrestrial mammal with few if any teeth; of tropical Central America and South America
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    burrowing chiefly nocturnal mammal with body covered with strong horny plates
    sloth, tree sloth
    any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals of South America and Central America; they hang from branches back downward and feed on leaves and fruits
    megatherian, megatherian mammal, megatheriid
    a large extinct ground sloth
    a variety of extinct edentate
    large (bear-sized) extinct edentate mammal of the Pleistocene in South America
    New World anteater, anteater
    any of several tropical American mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae which lack teeth and feed on ants and termites
    Dasypus novemcinctus, Texas armadillo, nine-banded armadillo, peba
    having nine hinged bands of bony plates; ranges from Texas to Paraguay
    Tolypeutes tricinctus, apar, three-banded armadillo
    South American armadillo with three bands of bony plates
    Cabassous unicinctus, cabassous, tatouay
    naked-tailed armadillo of tropical South America
    Euphractus sexcinctus, peludo, poyou
    Argentine armadillo with six movable bands and hairy underparts
    Priodontes giganteus, giant armadillo, tatou, tatu
    about three feet long exclusive of tail
    Chlamyphorus truncatus, chlamyphore, fairy armadillo, pichiciago, pichiciego
    very small Argentine armadillo with pale silky hair and pink plates on head and neck
    Burmeisteria retusa, greater pichiciego
    of southern South America
    Bradypus tridactylus, ai, three-toed sloth
    a sloth that has three long claws on each forefoot and each hindfoot
    Choloepus didactylus, two-toed sloth, unai, unau
    relatively small fast-moving sloth with two long claws on each front foot
    Choloepus hoffmanni, two-toed sloth, unai, unau
    a sloth of Central America that has two long claws on each forefoot and three long claws on each hindfoot
    ground sloth, megathere
    gigantic extinct terrestrial sloth-like mammal of the Pliocene and Pleistocene in America
    supposed human-sized sloth-like creature reportedly sighted by Indians in the Amazon rain forest
    Myrmecophaga jubata, ant bear, giant anteater, great anteater, tamanoir
    large shaggy-haired toothless anteater with long tongue and powerful claws; of South America
    Cyclopes didactylus, silky anteater, two-toed anteater
    squirrel-sized South American toothless anteater with long silky golden fur
    Tamandua tetradactyla, lesser anteater, tamandu, tamandua
    small toothless anteater with prehensile tail and four-clawed forelimbs; of tropical South America and Central America
    type of:
    eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
    mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
  2. adjective
    having few if any teeth
    “anteaters are edentate animals”
    synonyms: edental, edentulate
    lacking teeth
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