giant anteater


Definition of giant anteater

: a large bushy-tailed anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) of Central and South America

Examples of giant anteater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wildlife, including scores of white-tailed and mule deer, a black-tailed marmoset, and a giant anteater. Erin Prater, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2022 The Detroit Zoo says goodbye to Chesley, the giant anteater who also was the oldest living of her kind in a zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 23 May 2022 As the largest of all four anteater species, the giant anteater can reach up to eight feet long from the tip of its snout to the end of its tail. Giovana Gelhoren,, 4 Apr. 2022 Tamanduas are native to South and Central America and are also called lesser anteaters since the animal is noticeable smaller than their giant anteater relatives. Kelli Bender,, 9 Aug. 2021 The lowland tapir and the giant anteater are both considered vulnerable. Jill Langlois, National Geographic, 2 Oct. 2020 Board a boat at Atalaya and cruise even deeper into the rainforest, on the lookout for monkeys, giant anteaters, tapirs, ocelots, armadillos, peccaries, caimans, and the numerous bird species that inhabit Manú National Park. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 There was a giant anteater slurping up pink yogurt off the deck. National Geographic, 29 Oct. 2019 Experience a Colombian safari with giant anteaters and crocodiles, plus cowboy culture, in Casanare. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of giant anteater

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Giant anteater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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