anteater

anteater
noun Date: 1764 any of several mammals that feed largely or entirely on ants or termites: as a. any of a family (Myrmecophagidae) of New World edentates with a long narrow snout, a long tongue, and large salivary glands that includes the giant anteater and tamandua b. pangolin c. echidna d. aardvark

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • anteater — (n.) 1764, in reference to the South American species; 1868 of the Australian echidna; from ANT (Cf. ant) + agent noun from EAT (Cf. eat) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • anteater — ► NOUN ▪ a mammal with a long snout, feeding on ants and termites …   English terms dictionary

  • anteater — [ant′ēt΄ər] n. any of several mammals of various orders that feed mainly on ants, as the pangolins, echidnas, and esp. ant bears: anteaters have a long, sticky tongue and a long snout …   English World dictionary

  • anteater — /ant ee teuhr/, n. 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. Cf. giant anteater, silky anteater, tamandua. 2. the… …   Universalium

  • Anteater — Taxobox name = Anteaters image caption = Northern Tamandua ( Tamandua mexicana ) regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia superordo = Xenarthra ordo = Pilosa subordo = Vermilingua subordo authority = Illiger, 1811 subdivision ranks …   Wikipedia

  • anteater — /ˈæntitə / (say anteetuh) noun 1. any of the echidnas or spiny anteaters of Australia and New Guinea. 2. → numbat. 3. any of three edentates of tropical America, feeding chiefly on termites: a. the ant bear or great anteater. b. the tamandua or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • anteater — noun a) Any of several animals, in suborder Vermilingua, which are noted for eating ants and termites which they catch with their long sticky tongues. b) A common term used of some other unrelated species that feed with ants, including pangolin ( …   Wiktionary

  • anteater — UK [ˈæntˌiːtə(r)] / US [ˈæntˌɪtər] noun [countable] Word forms anteater : singular anteater plural anteaters a tropical animal with a very long nose and tongue that eats ants and other small insects …   English dictionary

  • anteater — [[t]æ̱ntiːtə(r)[/t]] anteaters also ant eater N COUNT An anteater is an animal with a long nose that eats termites or ants. Anteaters live in warm countries …   English dictionary

  • anteater — ant|eat|er [ˈæntˌi:tə US ər] n an animal that has a very long nose and eats small insects …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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