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Any of several omnivorous, burrowing, edentate mammals (family Dasypodidae), native to southern North America and South America and characterized by an armorlike covering consisting of jointed, bony plates.
[Spanish, diminutive of armado, armored, past participle of armar, to arm, from Latin armâre, from arma, arms.]
Armadillo, armored mammal,
related to anteaters and sloths. They are found in South and Central America
and in southern parts of North America. The layer of horn and bony plates
that protect the animal against predators is formed by the ossification
of skin. In most species the plates are movable and articulated, so that
the animal can curl up to protect its abdomen. The armadillo moves relatively
quickly, and with its strong feet and thick claws it can also burrow quickly.
Nocturnal, armadillos feed on insects and worms and sometimes on carrion.
Fossil remains of gigantic extinct armadillos have been found in the Pleistocene
strata of South America.
Scientific classification: Armadillos make up the family Dasypodidae.
doubts everything. Dada is an armadillo. Everything is Dada, too. Beware of
Dada. Anti-dadaism is a disease: selfkleptomania, man's normal condition, is
DADA. But the real dadas are against DADA.
Tristan Tzara (1896-1963), Rumanian-born French Dadaist. "Dada Manifesto on Feeble Love and Bitter Love," sct. 7 (first published in La Vie des Lettres, no. 4, Paris, 1921; repr. in The Dada Painters and Poets, ed. by Robert Motherwell, 1951).