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tamandua

[tuh-man-doo-uh, tuh-man-doo-ah] /təˈmæn du ə, təˌmæn duˈɑ/
noun
1.
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-uh n-doo] /ˈtæm ənˌdu/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Portuguese < Tupi: literally, ant-trapper
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  • Some anteaters, the tamandua and the silky anteater, ply their trade in the trees.
British Dictionary definitions for tamandua

tamandua

/ˌtæmənˈdʊə/
noun
1.
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 Also called lesser anteater
Word Origin
C17: via Portuguese from Tupi: ant trapper, from taixi ant + mondê to catch
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