pangolin

A pangolin is an animal also known as a "scaly anteater." Though they're endangered, pangolins can still be found in parts of Africa, China, southeast Asia, and India.

Pangolins are distinctive for their scaly skin and the way they react to threats, by curling up in a ball. Though they appear to be covered in large scales, pangolins aren't reptiles, and in fact their skin is very different from reptilian scales; it's made of keratin, the same material that makes up our fingernails. Pangolins are sometimes described as resembling pine cones, particularly when they roll into a protective ball. The name comes from the Malay peng-goling, "roller."

Definitions of pangolin
  1. 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: anteater, scaly anteater
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    type of:
    eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
    mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
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