One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An extinct giant ground sloth found in Pleistocene ice age deposits in South America. It died out only 11,000 years ago.
- ‘It was in fact, evidently a piece of the skin of a mylodon, which had survived in this region until modern times.’
- ‘Instead, we are treated to four vigorous profiles, with only the lion and the mylodon drawn full frontal.’
- ‘His notion that the Chinese loaded up a few mylodons (giant ground sloths) in Patagonia, only to let one escape in Australia, would not have withstood a couple of minutes on the internet.’
- ‘The cave now contains an unbelievably horrible life-size plastic model of a mylodon.’
- ‘The book has a number of factual errors, which even I can identify, such as claiming that the Chinese picked up some mylodons (extinct giant sloths) when they stopped by Patagonia.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek mulē ‘mill, molar’ + odous, odont- ‘tooth’.
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