ant·​eat·​er | \ ˈant-ˌē-tər How to pronounce anteater (audio) \

Definition of anteater

: any of several mammals that feed largely or entirely on ants or termites: such as
a : 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Kelly-McClish worked with eagles, hawks, anteaters, sloths and a chameleon. Stephen Ruiz,, "One coach worked at SeaWorld, another hosted with Lou Holtz — high school coaches share their surprising roots," 30 Oct. 2019 But slow-moving animals like sloths and anteaters, as well as smaller creatures like frogs and lizards, may die, unable to move out of the fire’s path quickly enough. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "What the Amazon fires mean for wild animals," 23 Aug. 2019 In a 2017 investigation, National Geographic found an anteater slurping up pink yogurt, an underweight manatee being fed soy milk with a baby bottle, and sloths—which sleep 22 hours a day in the wild—being passed around among excited tourists. Kirsten Luce, National Geographic, "How one Amazon community is trying to move on from illegal wildlife tourism," 15 Aug. 2019 This isn’t the first time a study has changed an animal’s species designation: In 2016, one species of giraffe was split into four, and in 2017, one species of silky anteater devolved into seven. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Endangered armadillos are being turned into carnival rattles," 22 Feb. 2019 The jaguar appears to lunge for its potential prey, but the anteater stands up, opens its arms wide, and lashes out at the jaguar with claw flashing. National Geographic, "Giant Anteater Faces Off With Jaguar, Leaves Unimpressed," 7 Mar. 2018 Africa’s pangolins are under increasing threat from traffickers who sell the meat as well as the scales of the anteater for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Washington Post, "In South Africa, plans for a refuge for pangolins in peril," 16 June 2018 There was no pictures of the suspect anteater in another pose. Cleve R. Wootson Jr.,, "This picture of an anteater won a top wildlife photo prize. But the anteater was stuffed.," 27 Apr. 2018 Behold, the taxidermied anteater, which does look suspiciously like the one from the final photo: Cabral continues to claim that his image was authentic, though the judges are wholly unconvinced. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Wildlife Photographer of the Year Disqualified After Judges Conclude He Used a Stuffed Animal," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of anteater

1668, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2019

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“Anteater.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of anteater

: an animal that has a very long nose and tongue and eats ants


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Kids Definition of anteater

: an animal that has a long nose and long sticky tongue and feeds chiefly on ants and termites

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