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Definition of 'anteater'

Noun

  1. 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
  2. any of several tropical American mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae which lack teeth and feed on ants and termites
       Synonyms: New World anteater
  3. nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata
       Synonyms: aardvark ant bear Orycteropus afer
  4. small Australian marsupial having long snout and strong claws for feeding on termites; nearly extinct
       Synonyms: numbat banded anteater Myrmecobius fasciatus
  5. a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to New Guinea
       Synonyms: echidna spiny anteater
  6. 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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