One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An extinct giant ground sloth found in deposits formed during the ice age of the Pleistocene epoch in South America. It died out only 11,000 years ago.
Genus Glossotherium (formerly Mylodon), family Mylodontidae
- ‘Instead, we are treated to four vigorous profiles, with only the lion and the mylodon drawn full frontal.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The cave now contains an unbelievably horrible life-size plastic model of a mylodon.’
- ‘It was in fact, evidently a piece of the skin of a mylodon, which had survived in this region until modern times.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek mulē ‘mill, molar’ + odous, odont- ‘tooth’.
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