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sloth

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sloth \Sloth\, noun [OE. slouthe, sleuthe, AS. sl?w?, fr. sl[=a]w slow. See {Slow}.]

1. Slowness; tardiness.

These cardinals trifle with me; I abhor This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome. --Shak.

2. Disinclination to action or labor; sluggishness; laziness; idleness.

[They] change their course to pleasure, ease, and sloth. --Milton.

Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears. --Franklin.

3. (Zool.) Any one of several species of arboreal edentates constituting the family {Bradypodidae}, and the suborder Tardigrada. They have long exserted limbs and long prehensile claws. Both jaws are furnished with teeth (see Illust. of {Edentata}), and the ears and tail are rudimentary. They inhabit South and Central America and Mexico.

Note: The three-toed sloths belong to the genera {Bradypus} and {Arctopithecus}, of which several species have been described. They have three toes on each foot. The best-known species are collared sloth ({Bradypus tridactylus}), and the ai ({Arctopitheus ai}). The two-toed sloths, consisting the genus {Cholopus}, have two toes on each fore foot and three on each hind foot. The best-known is the unau ({Cholopus didactylus}) of South America. See {Unau}. Another species ({Cholopus Hoffmanni}) inhabits Central America. Various large extinct terrestrial edentates, such as Megatherium and Mylodon, are often called sloths.

{Australian sloth}, or {Native sloth} (Zool.), the koala.

{Sloth animalcule} (Zool.), a tardigrade.

{Sloth bear} (Zool.), a black or brown long-haired bear ({Melursus ursinus}, or {Melursus labiatus}), native of India and Ceylon; -- called also {aswail}, {labiated bear}, and {jungle bear}. It is easily tamed and can be taught many tricks.

{Sloth monkey} (Zool.), a loris.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sloth \Sloth\, verb (used without an object) To be idle. [Obs.] --Gower.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sloth

noun

1: a disinclination to work or exert yourself [syn: {sloth}, {slothfulness}]

2: 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 [syn: {sloth}, {tree sloth}]

3: apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins) [syn: {sloth}, {laziness}, {acedia}]

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