ant-eater

anteater

[ant-ee-ter]
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. Compare giant anteater, silky anteater, tamandua.
2.
the aardvark.
3.
a pangolin.
4.
an echidna.

Origin:
1755–65; ant + eater

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anteater (ˈæntˌiːtə)
 
n
1.  See also tamandua 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
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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anteater
1764, of the S.Amer. species; 1868 of the Australian echidna.
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