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  • n. Plural form of edentate.

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Examples

  • The largest of the edentates was the Megatherium, a. clumsy ground sloth bigger than a rhinoceros.

    The Elements of Geology

  • The rest of the mammalian group includes the marsupials, edentates, several rodents, primates, a few carnivores, and deer.

    Trinidad and Tobago dry forests

  • Accounts of the Mato Grosso (upper Xingu River) expedition by the Royal Society and Royal Geographical Society from 1967-69, mention that there are 46 genera of rodents including the largest of all, the capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), 52 genera of bats, 3 of marsupials and 11 of edentates.

    Mato Grosso tropical dry forests

  • The rest of the mammalian group includes the marsupials, edentates, a single armadillo species, several rodents, primates, a few carnivores, and deer.

    Trinidad and Tobago moist forests

  • Here and there turkeys showed themselves with their milk and coffee-colored plumage; and peccaries, a sort of wild pig highly appreciated by lovers of venison, and agouties, which are the hares and rabbits of Central America; and tatous belonging to the order of edentates, with their scaly shells of patterns of mosaic.

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

  • A similarly significant evidence of relationship is afforded by processes of the zygomatic region of the skull in certain edentates existing and extinct.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Aside from marsupials and New World monkeys, its most characteristic animals were edentates and very queer ungulates with no resemblance to those of any other continent.

    VIII. Primeval Man; and the Horse, the Lion, and the Elephant

  • These were the ground-sloths, giant edentates, which reached an extraordinary development in the southern half of our hemisphere, where distant and diminutive relatives—tree-sloths, ant-eaters, armadillos—still live.

    VIII. Primeval Man; and the Horse, the Lion, and the Elephant

  • The edentates not only included various ground-sloths, among them the megatherium, which was the size of an elephant, and the somewhat smaller mylodon, but also creatures as fantastic as those of a nightmare.

    VIII. Primeval Man; and the Horse, the Lion, and the Elephant

  • The great autochthonous forms shared the extinction of the big creatures of the immigrant fauna; for under stress of competition with the newcomers, the ancient ungulates and edentates had developed giants of their own.

    VIII. Primeval Man; and the Horse, the Lion, and the Elephant

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