: 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 baby tamandua born at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden last week has died, the zoo said Tuesday. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 10 Jan. 2023 The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden welcomed the arrival of a healthy baby tamandua Thursday. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 6 Jan. 2023 After observing the young tamandua's promising start, the baby animal's caretakers were shocked and devastated to discover the pup unresponsive on Monday. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2023 Also called the lesser anteater, the tamandua uses its long snout to sniff out ant, termite and bee colonies. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 6 Jan. 2023 Meet MJ, the little Southern tamandua born to mom DJ and dad EJ. Discover Magazine, 17 Apr. 2015 Isla the tamandua is pregnant and expecting a pup at the end of December, according to the zoo's Facebook page. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 13 Oct. 2022 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

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Word History


Portuguese tamanduá, from Tupi tamanuá, tamanduá

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tamandua was in 1834

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“Tamandua.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tamandua. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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