anteater

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noun ant·eat·er \ˈant-ˌē-tər\

Definition of anteater

  1. :  any of several mammals that feed largely or entirely on ants or termites: such asa :  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 tamanduab :  pangolinc :  echidnad :  aardvark

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First Known Use of anteater

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ANTEATER Defined for English Language Learners

anteater

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Definition of anteater for English Language Learners

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


ANTEATER Defined for Kids

anteater

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noun ant·eat·er \ˈant-ˌē-tər\

Definition of anteater for Students

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



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