Meaning of nine-banded armadillo

nine'-band•ed armadil'lo

Pronunciation: (nīn'ban"did), [key]
  1. an armadillo, Dasypus novemcinctus, of the southern U.S. to Argentina, having nine hinged bands of bony plates, the female of which usually gives birth to quadruplets that are always of the same sex. Also calledSee illus. under
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