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ant bear

noun
1.
Origin of ant bear
1545-1555
1545-55
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Historical Examples
  • Woe to the unlucky or heedless aggressor whose arm or leg may be seized by the ant-bear.

  • "No get in close to ant-bear," he warned, pointing to the giant's claws.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • The ant-bear, without a tooth in his head, roves fearlessly in the forests inhabited by the jaguar and boa-constrictor.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • I suppose the poor thing has been hiding in the ant-bear holes with nothing to eat.

    Jess H. Rider Haggard
  • While journeying through the interior of Brazil I not infrequently came across the big tamandua, the ant-bear or ant-eater.

  • It could belong to no other creature than the tamanoir, or great ant-eater, by the people of South America called the ant-bear.

  • The animal had put its foot into an ant-bear hole concealed in the long grass.

    'Tween Snow and Fire Bertram Mitford
  • An ant-bear, looking like a great bald pig in the magnifying moonlight, scuttled across their path.

  • Suddenly the Vilderbeeste's horse put his foot into an ant-bear hole and fell heavily, throwing his rider on to his head.

    Jess H. Rider Haggard
  • He lay as flat as any fish,His nose had worn a little furrow, He only had one frantic wish—That like an ant-bear he could burrow.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
British Dictionary definitions for ant-bear

ant bear

noun
1.
another name for aardvark
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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