anteater

Primary Meanings of anteater

1.
n
any of several tropical American mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae which lack teeth and feed on ants and termites
2.
n
nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata
3.
n
a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to Australia
4.
n
small Australian marsupial having long snout and strong claws for feeding on termites; nearly extinct
Full Definitions of anteater
1

n any of several tropical American mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae which lack teeth and feed on ants and termites

Synonyms:
New World anteater
Types:
Myrmecophaga jubata, ant bear, giant anteater, great anteater, tamanoir
large shaggy-haired toothless anteater with long tongue and powerful claws; of South America
Cyclopes didactylus, silky anteater, two-toed anteater
squirrel-sized South American toothless anteater with long silky golden fur
Tamandua tetradactyla, lesser anteater, tamandu, tamandua
small toothless anteater with prehensile tail and four-clawed forelimbs; of tropical South America and Central America
Type of:
edentate
primitive terrestrial mammal with few if any teeth; of tropical Central America and South America
2

n nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata

Synonyms:
Orycteropus afer, aardvark, ant bear
Type of:
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials

n toothless mammal of southern Africa and Asia having a body covered with horny scales and a long snout for feeding on ants and termites

Synonyms:
pangolin, scaly anteater
Type of:
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
3

n a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to Australia

Synonyms:
echidna, spiny anteater
Type of:
egg-laying mammal, monotreme
the most primitive mammals comprising the only extant members of the subclass Prototheria

n a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to New Guinea

Synonyms:
echidna, spiny anteater
Type of:
egg-laying mammal, monotreme
the most primitive mammals comprising the only extant members of the subclass Prototheria
4

n small Australian marsupial having long snout and strong claws for feeding on termites; nearly extinct

Synonyms:
Myrmecobius fasciatus, banded anteater, numbat
Type of:
dasyurid, dasyurid marsupial
small carnivorous nocturnal marsupials of Australia and Tasmania

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