Definition of Edentata
1. Noun. Order of mammals having few or no teeth including: New World anteaters; sloths; armadillos.
Generic synonyms: Animal Order
Group relationships: Eutheria, Subclass Eutheria
Member holonyms: Edentate, Suborder Xenarthra, Xenarthra, Family Mylodontidae, Mylodontidae
Definition of Edentata
1. n. pl. An order of mammals including the armadillos, sloths, and anteaters; -- called also Bruta. The incisor teeth are rarely developed, and in some groups all the teeth are lacking.
Medical Definition of Edentata
Lexicographical Neighbors of Edentata
Literary usage of Edentata
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Reports on Zoology for 1843, 1844 by Andreas Johann Wagner, Franz Hermann Troschel, Wilhelm Ferdinand Erichson, Carl Th. Ernst Siebold (1847)
"Gray (ib. pl. 14) has given a figure of Lepus Bennettii, and also (p. 35) an accurate description. edentata. Anatomische Untersuchungen iiber die ..."
2. Petrifactions and Their Teachings; Or, A Hand-book to the Gallery of Organic by Gideon Algernon Mantell (1851)
"... yielding an ample supply of food, and of a kind, for the comminution of which the teeth of the colossal edentata appear to have been specially adapted. ..."
3. Physical Geography by Mary Somerville, Henry Walter Bates (1870)
"6. Australian quadrupeds; numbers of the marsupials ; peculiarities of the rodentia; analogy between the fauna of Australia and S. America. edentata ..."
4. A History of Land Mammals in the Western Hemisphere by William Berryman Scott (1913)
"CHAPTER XVI HISTORY OF THE edentata As here employed, excluding the so-called edentates of the Old World, the edentata form a highly variegated, ..."
5. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Pierre André Latreille (1831)
"The second tribe comprehends the edentata ... Or the Ordinary edentata with a pointed muzzle. Some of them still have cheek teeth. They form two genera. ..."
6. On Mammalian Descent; the Hunterian Lectures for 1884: Being Nine Lectures by William Kitchen Parker (1885)
"LIKE the pouch-bearing tribes, the edentata are fast disappearing, ... In the South African region, two genera of edentata still exist, namely, the Pangolin ..."