/glip"teuh dont'/, n.
any edentate mammal of the extinct genus Glyptodon, of the Pleistocene Epoch, having the body covered by a horny and bony armor.
[1830-40; < NL, s. of Glyptodon genus name, equiv. to Gk glypt(ós) carved + -odon (s. -odont-) -toothed, adj. deriv. of odón tooth]

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