Definitions

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  • n. An extinct South American quaternary mammal, allied to the armadillos, with tessellated scales and fluted teeth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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. [lowercase] An animal of the family Glyptodontidæ) or Hoplophoridæ; one of the gigantic fossil armadillos of South America.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek carved, engraved + tooth. See glyph. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The glyptodon has if anything replaced the mylodon in my affections—there are about 6 whole ones in the Museum of La Plata—an enormous armadillo up to 9-10 feet long, each scale of its armour looking like a Japanese chrysthanthemum.

    The News From Everywhere

  • My great grandma would tell me stories about riding her pony to school and I wanted to ride the glyptodon.

    "Look at everything around us. Look at everything we've done."

  • They had some really odd looking creatures I've never seen in any other natural history museums I've visited, like the giant armadillo creature that the website tells me is a glyptodon.

    "Look at everything around us. Look at everything we've done."

  • [1] The glyptodon and armadillo are mammalian; the tortoise is a chelonian, a reptile, distinct classes of the animal kingdom; therefore the latter cannot be a representative of the former.

    Journey to the Interior of the Earth

  • Again, no armadillo _now living_ presents nearly so remarkable a speciality of structure as was possessed by the _extinct_ glyptodon.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • Patience! the glyptodon and the dodo have been dead for ages.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866

  • One would think they were invulnerable, yet the glyptodon and the chlamydothere, with many other equally well protected creatures, have long ago disappeared from the earth, but how and why nobody knows.

    The Human Side of Animals

  • The glyptodon is known to have been more than eleven feet in length, and his near-kinsman, the chlamydothere, was even larger.

    The Human Side of Animals

  • Ground-sloth and glyptodon, sabre-tooth, horse and mastodon, and all the associated animals of large size vanished, and South America, though still retaining its connection with North America, once again became a land with a mammalian life small and weak compared to that of North America and the Old World.

    II. Biological Analogies in History

  • Ground sloth and glyptodon, sabre-tooth, horse and mastodon, and all the associated animals of large size, vanished, and South America, though still retaining its connection with North America, once again became a land with a mammalian life small and weak compared to that of North America and the Old World.

    African and European Addresses

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  • I fel like singing, and what I feel like singing is "this is ground control to glyptodon..."

    October 2, 2010

  • Am I freaky for thinking that it must have been pretty cute? (And slow.)

    September 4, 2008

  • An ancient ancestor of the armadillo. Believed to have been about the same size and weight as a Volkswagen Beetle.

    January 1, 2008