Definition of Tree sloth
1. Noun. Any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals of South America and Central America; they hang from branches back downward and feed on leaves and fruits.
Generic synonyms: Edentate
Group relationships: Bradypodidae, Family Bradypodidae
Specialized synonyms: Ai, Bradypus Tridactylus, Three-toed Sloth, Choloepus Didactylus, Two-toed Sloth, Unai, Unau, Choloepus Hoffmanni, Two-toed Sloth, Unai, Unau
Lexicographical Neighbors of Tree Sloth
Literary usage of Tree sloth
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A Guide to the Exhibition Galleries of the Department of Geology and by Henry Woodward (1890)
"... to break down or bend the trees upon the leaves and succulent branches of which it fed, like its pigmy modern representative, the existing tree-sloth, ..."
2. The Outline of Science: A Plain Story Simply Told by John Arthur Thomson (1922)
"How curious is the case of the tree-sloth of South American forests, that walks slowly, back downwards, along the undersides of the branches, hanging on by ..."
3. A Guide to the Exhibition Galleries of the Department of Geology and by Henry Woodward (1881)
"... like its pigmy modern representative, the existing tree-sloth, which spends it entire life climbing back-downwards among the branches of the trees ..."
4. The Origin and Evolution of Life: On the Theory of Action, Reaction and by Henry Fairfield Osborn (1917)
"... extraordinarily long neck of the giraffe, the short neck of the elephant, the elongated skull of the ant-eater, the abbreviated head of the tree sloth. ..."
5. Adventure Guide to Tampa Bay and Florida's West Coast by Chelle Koster Walton (2003)
"... giant tree sloth skeleton, and a steam locomotive, plus indoor vignettes featuring life-size mannequins of the characters who peopled Collier's bygones. ..."