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  • n. Any extinct South American edentate of the family Glyptodontidae

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a family (Glyptodontidæ) of extinct South American edentates, of which Glyptodon is the type. About twenty species are known.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having fluted teeth; specifically, of or pertaining to the Glyptodontidæ.
  • n. A glyptodon. Also glyptodontine.

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  • The avocado tree (Persea americana) is known only as a cultivated species. Sometime in the thousands of years since domestication, its wild ancestor disappeared from the forests of Central America. One theory suggests that many large-fruited neo-tropical trees faded away following the loss of their seed dispersers: giant armadillos, glyptodonts, mammoths, gomphotheres, and other extinct megafauna (Janzen and Martin 1982). With its massive seed, the wild avocado would certainly have required the services of a large-bodied animal to move it around.

    Thor Hanson, The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History (New York: Basic Books, 2015), endnote accompanying ch. 1, p. 10.

    January 30, 2016

  • Citation on titanothere. See also glyptodon.

    December 17, 2008

  • "He also wrote a revisionist take on the classic American song 'Home on the Range': 'I'd say give me a home where the mastodons roam, and the ground sloths and the glyptodonts play.' (Glyptodonts were giant creatures like armadillos that went extinct at the end of the Great Ice Age.)"

    —Richard Stone, Mammoth: The Resurrection of an Ice Age Giant (Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus Publishing, 2001), 183

    September 22, 2008