Definition of Anteater

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.

Exact synonyms: Pangolin, Scaly Anteater
Generic synonyms: Eutherian, Eutherian Mammal, Placental, Placental Mammal
Group relationships: Genus Manis, Manis

2. Noun. Any of several tropical American mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae which lack teeth and feed on ants and termites.

3. Noun. Nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata.

4. Noun. Small Australian marsupial having long snout and strong claws for feeding on termites; nearly extinct.

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.
Exact synonyms: Echidna, Spiny Anteater
Generic synonyms: Egg-laying Mammal, Monotreme
Group relationships: Genus Zaglossus, Zaglossus

6. Noun. A burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and having a long snout and claws for hunting ants and termites; native to Australia.
Exact synonyms: Echidna, Spiny Anteater
Generic synonyms: Egg-laying Mammal, Monotreme
Group relationships: Genus Tachyglossus, Tachyglossus

Definition of Anteater

1. n. One of several species of edentates and monotremes that feed upon ants. See Ant-bear, Pangolin, Aard-vark, and Echidna.

Definition of Anteater

1. Noun. Any of several animals, in suborder ''Vermilingua'', which are noted for eating ants and termites which they catch with their long sticky tongues. ¹

2. Noun. A common term used of some other unrelated species that feed with ants, including pangolin ("scaly anteater"), echidna ("spiny anteater"), aardvark and numbat ("banded anteater"). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Anteater

1. any of several mammals that feed on ants [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Anteater

antbears
antbird
antbirds
antdom
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anteater (current term)
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antebrachial flexor retinaculum
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Literary usage of Anteater

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of Anatomy and Physiology (1870)
"Representations of the muscles of AI and the two-toed anteater are in Cuvier and ... A description of the anatomy of the two-toed anteater has been given by ..."

2. A Geographical History of Mammals by Richard Lydekker (1896)
"11, TAMANDUA anteater. members of the family, each representing a genus by itselt ... namely the great anteater (Myrmecophaga), the tamandua ..."

3. Essays and Observations on Natural History, Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology by John Hunter, Richard Owen (1861)
"The bones of the pubis are small, pass across the rectum, and are united by a cartilage of some length1. [THE TWO-TOED anteater,] Fourmilier of Buffon, ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The great anteater is terrestrial in habits, not burrowing underground like armadillos. Though generally an inoffensive animal, when attacked it can defend ..."

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