ant·​eat·​er ˈant-ˌē-tər How to pronounce anteater (audio)
: any of several mammals that feed largely or entirely on ants or termites: such as
: any of a family (Myrmecophagidae) of New World edentates with a long narrow snout, a long tongue, and large salivary glands that includes the giant anteater and tamandua

Examples of anteater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Newsletter Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news Imagine an ancient mammal that looks like a blend of a pig and an anteater but is more closely related to horses and rhinos. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 4 July 2024 Like an anteater licking an anthill clean with its long, thin tongue. Haruki Murakami, The New Yorker, 1 July 2024 Like anteaters, a tamandua's diet mainly consists of ants, eating up to 9,000 in one day. Aaron Valdez, The Enquirer, 31 May 2024 The rest — a group that over the years has included lions, parrots, eagles, badgers, sloths, a capybara, a bearcat and an anteater — are usually just stopping through. Claire Fahy, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for anteater 

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Word History

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anteater was in 1668

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“Anteater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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ant·​eat·​er ˈant-ˌēt-ər How to pronounce anteater (audio)
: any of several mammals (as an echidna or aardvark) that feed on ants

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