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anteater

[ant-ee-ter] /ˈæntˌi tər/
noun
1.
any of several mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae, having a long, tapered snout, extensile tongue, and powerful front claws and feeding chiefly on ants and termites.
2.
the aardvark.
3.
a pangolin.
4.
an echidna.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; ant + eater
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British Dictionary definitions for ant-eater

anteater

/ˈæntˌiːtə/
noun
1.
any toothless edentate mammal of the family Myrmecophagidae of Central and South America, esp Myrmecophaga tridactyla (or jubata) (giant anteater), having a long tubular snout used for eating termites See also tamandua
2.
scaly anteater, another name for pangolin
3.
spiny anteater, another name for echidna
4.
banded anteater, another name for numbat
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Word Origin and History for ant-eater

anteater

n.

also ant-eater, 1764, in reference to the South American species; 1868 of the Australian echidna; from ant + agent noun from eat (v.).

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