anteater

Definitions of anteater
  1. noun
    any of several tropical American mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae which lack teeth and feed on ants and termites
    synonyms: New World anteater
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    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. noun
    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
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    type of:
    eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
    mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
  3. noun
    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
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    type of:
    eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
    mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
  4. noun
    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
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    type of:
    egg-laying mammal, monotreme
    the most primitive mammals comprising the only extant members of the subclass Prototheria
  5. noun
    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
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    type of:
    egg-laying mammal, monotreme
    the most primitive mammals comprising the only extant members of the subclass Prototheria
  6. noun
    small Australian marsupial having long snout and strong claws for feeding on termites; nearly extinct
    synonyms: Myrmecobius fasciatus, banded anteater, numbat
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    type of:
    dasyurid, dasyurid marsupial
    small carnivorous nocturnal marsupials of Australia and Tasmania
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