giant anteater

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Definition of giant anteater 

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

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There are three different species of anteater: the aardvark, the giant anteater and the pangolin. Zoe Sayler, Smithsonian, "What Aardvark Milk Reveals about the Evolution of Lactation," 21 Mar. 2018 The image is certainly eye catching: On a clear night at Emas National Park, Brazil, a giant anteater appears to be ambling around a termite mound, which is alight with glowing beetle larvae. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Contest Judges Rule Wildlife Photography Winner Used Taxidermic Creature," 30 Apr. 2018 Poachers are nabbing giant anteaters for meat and blue macaws to sell as exotic pets. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "These Conservationists Are Desperate to Defrost Snake Sperm," 13 Mar. 2018 This means endless opportunities for seeing some of South America’s most magnificent and varied creatures — think tapirs, giant anteaters and the world’s largest rodent, the capybara (which can weigh up to 175 pounds) in action. Laura Kiniry, USA TODAY, "Seven once-in-a-lifetime safaris that aren’t in Africa," 31 Aug. 2017

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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