tamandua

[tuh-man-doo-uh, tuh-man-doo-ah]
noun
a tree-dwelling, tropical American anteater, Tamandua tetradactyla, having a prehensile tail, four-clawed forelimbs, and coarse, tan hair with black markings on the trunk.
Also, tamandu [tam-uhn-doo] .


Origin:
1605–15; < Portuguese < Tupi: literally, ant-trapper

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tamandua or tamandu (ˌtæmənˈdʊə, ˈtæmənˌduː)
 
n
Also called: lesser anteater a small arboreal edentate mammal, Tamandua tetradactyla, of Central and South America, having a prehensile tail and tubular mouth specialized for feeding on termites: family Myrmecophagidae
 
[C17: via Portuguese from Tupi: ant trapper, from taixi ant + mondê to catch]
 
tamandu or tamandu
 
n
 
[C17: via Portuguese from Tupi: ant trapper, from taixi ant + mondê to catch]

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Some anteaters, the tamandua and the silky anteater, ply their trade in the trees.
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