Definition of xenarthran in English:

xenarthran

noun & adjective

Zoology
  • See Xenarthra

    • ‘Several groups of xenarthrans successfully crossed the Central American land bridge to North America when it formed in the Pliocene; these included a number of kinds of ground sloths and armadillos.’
    • ‘Aardvarks were once thought to be closely related to pangolins and xenarthrans.’
    • ‘They are by far the most diverse group of xenarthrans, with 20 species in 8 genera.’
    • ‘Finally, though extensive character convergence is implied on both alternative trees, there are differences in character evolution scenarios depending on whether pholidotes are allied with xenarthrans or epitheres.’
    • ‘For example, whereas the above-mentioned monographs on giant anteaters are quite complete and have been available for over 100 yr, little was known for other species of xenarthran anteaters.’

Pronunciation

xenarthran

/zɛnˈɑːθrən/