ta·​man·​dua | \ tə-ˈman-də-wə How to pronounce tamandua (audio) , -ˌman-də-ˈwä How to pronounce tamandua (audio) \

Definition of tamandua

: either of two arboreal anteaters (Tamandua mexicana and T. tetradactyla) of Central and South America having a nearly hairless tail

Examples of tamandua in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new report, by researchers from the CDC and in Tennessee, describes what happened when a South American collared anteater — also known as a tamandua — was moved in May 2021 from a zoo in Virginia to one in Washington County, Tenn. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 19 Apr. 2022 The zoo has shared several images of the tamandua, including a picture of it swaddled in its mother's embrace. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 9 June 2022 At the Tennessee zoo, it was kept in an indoor enclosure with one other tamandua and didn’t have exposure to other wildlife. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 19 Apr. 2022 The other tamandua in Tennessee was given the rabies vaccine, and the zoo was told to quarantine it for six months. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 19 Apr. 2022 One was a dwarf squirrel, only a few inches in length; two were opossums known to nosh on insects and fruit; another was a tamandua, a type of anteater with a vestlike patch of black fur. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 Apr. 2022 First-time mom Cora the tamandua — a type of anteater — gave birth to the baby animal on July 21 at the San Diego Safari Park. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Washington Tacoma: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is celebrating the birth of its first tamandua pup, which is the size of an avocado. USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2019 Sometimes, Isla, a tamandua, steps up on two feet, too. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, 30 May 2019 See More

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First Known Use of tamandua

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tamandua

Portuguese tamanduá, from Tupi tamanuá, tamanduá

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“Tamandua.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamandua. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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