(Science: zoology) An armadillo (Xenurus unicinctus), native of the tropical parts of south America. It has about thirteen movable bands composed of small, nearly square, scales. The head is long; the tail is round and tapered, and nearly destitute of scales; the claws of the fore feet are very large.
Synonym: tatouary, and broad-banded armadillo.
Origin: Of Brazilian origin; cf. Pg. Tatu, F. Tatou.