Definition of pangolin
: any of a family (Manidae of the order Pholidota) of Asian and African toothless mammals having the body covered dorsally with large imbricated horny scales —called also scaly anteater
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IFAW wants China and other countries to take steps to curb the demand for pangolins, whose scales are used in traditional medicine in parts of Asia.
A U.N. wildlife conference last year approved a ban on trade in all eight species of Asian and African pangolins.
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Origin and Etymology of pangolin
Malay dialect pĕngguling
First Known Use: 1774See Words from the same year
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