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sloth
used in Life of Pi

26 uses
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1  —9 uses as in:
a sloth in the tree
Definition
a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
  • As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (7% in)
sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move
  • There are two-toed sloths and there are three-toed sloths, the case being determined by the forepaws of the animals, since all sloths have three claws on their hind paws.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (2% in)
  • There are two-toed sloths and there are three-toed sloths, the case being determined by the forepaws of the animals, since all sloths have three claws on their hind paws.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (3% in)
  • There are two-toed sloths and there are three-toed sloths, the case being determined by the forepaws of the animals, since all sloths have three claws on their hind paws.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (3% in)
  • Our team tested the sleep habits of five wild threetoed sloths by placing on their heads, in the early evening after they had fallen asleep, bright red plastic dishes filled with water.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (4% in)
  • Beebe reported that firing guns next to sleeping or feeding sloths elicited little reaction.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (8% in)
  • They are said to be able to sniff and avoid decayed branches, but Bullock (1968) reported that sloths fall to the ground clinging to decayed branches "often".
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (8% in)
  • I am not one given to projecting human traits and emotions onto animals, but many a time during that month in Brazil, looking up at sloths in repose, I felt I was in the presence of upside-down yogis deep in meditation or hermits deep in prayer, wise beings whose intense imaginative lives were beyond the reach of my scientific probing.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (11% in)
  • Photos from Brazil, with plenty of three-toed sloths in situ.
    33-36 — Chapters 33-36 (5% in)

There are no more uses of "sloth" flagged with this meaning in Life of Pi.

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  • The Himalayan bears and the sloth bears.
    5-8 — Chapters 5-8 (88% in)
  • My zoology thesis was a functional analysis of the thyroid gland of the three-toed sloth.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (2% in)
  • I chose the sloth because its demeanour—calm, quiet and introspective—did something to soothe my shattered self.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (2% in)
  • I had the great luck one summer of studying the three-toed sloth in situ in the equatorial jungles of Brazil.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (3% in)
  • The sloth is at its busiest at sunset, using the word busy here in the most relaxed sense.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (5% in)
  • The three-toed sloth is not well informed about the outside world.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (6% in)
  • On a scale of 2 to 10, where 2 represents unusual dullness and 10 extreme acuity, Beebe (1926) gave the sloth's senses of taste, touch, sight and hearing a rating of 2, and its sense of smell a rating of 3.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (6% in)
  • If you come upon a sleeping three-toed sloth in the wild, two or three nudges should suffice to awaken it; it will then look sleepily in every direction but yours.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (7% in)
  • Why it should look about is uncertain since, the sloth sees everything in a Magoo-like blur.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (7% in)
  • And the sloth's slightly better sense of smell should not be overestimated.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (8% in)
  • Sleepiness and sloth-fulness keep it out of harm's way, away from the notice of jaguars, ocelots, harpy eagles and anacondas.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (9% in)
  • A sloth's hairs shelter an algae that is brown during the dry season and green during the wet season, so the animal blends in with the surrounding moss and foliage and looks like a nest of white ants or of squirrels, or like nothing at all but part of a tree.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (9% in)
  • The three-toed sloth lives a peaceful, vegetarian life in perfect harmony with its environment.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (10% in)
  • A number of my fellow religious-studies students—muddled agnostics who didn't know which way was up, who were in the thrall of reason, that fool's gold for the bright— reminded me of the three-toed sloth; and the three-toed sloth, such a beautiful example of the miracle of life, reminded me of God.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (12% in)
  • A number of my fellow religious-studies students—muddled agnostics who didn't know which way was up, who were in the thrall of reason, that fool's gold for the bright— reminded me of the three-toed sloth; and the three-toed sloth, such a beautiful example of the miracle of life, reminded me of God.
    1-4 — Chapters 1-4 (12% in)
  • One of our sloth bears became seriously ill with severe hemorrhagic enteritis after being given fish that had gone putrid by , a man who was convinced he was doing a good deed.
    5-8 — Chapters 5-8 (58% in)
  • Most of our birds and reptiles, and our lemurs, rhinos, orang-utans, mandrills, lion-tailed macaques, giraffes, anteaters, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, zebras, Himalayan and sloth bears, Indian elephants and Nilgiri tahrs, among others, were in demand, but others, Elfie for example, were met with silence.
    33-36 — Chapters 33-36 (49% in)

There are no more uses of "sloth" in Life of Pi.

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