anteater

noun
ant·​eat·​er | \ˈant-ˌē-tər \

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

b : pangolin

c : echidna

d : aardvark

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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., chicagotribune.com, "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 Discovery Cove, SeaWorld Orlando’s day resort, has introduced more add-on activities to its lineup, including the opportunity to go behind the scenes with otters, anteaters and sloths. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Discovery Cove adds animal tour, massage options," 4 June 2018 Owen considered the animal might have been an insect-eater, breaking open termite nests like an anteater, but it is now known to have been herbivorous in its habits. Smithsonian, "How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Evolved," 8 May 2018 The museum determined the anteater was taxidermied. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump administration drafts plan to challenge California on auto emissions standards," 30 Apr. 2018 The photograph in question, above, was taken by Brazilian wildlife photographer Marcio Cabral and features an anteater feasting on a termite mound at night. 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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1668, in the meaning defined above

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anteater

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English Language Learners Definition of anteater

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

anteater

noun
ant·​eat·​er | \ˈant-ˌē-tər \

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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