tamandua

noun
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 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 Isla even let Lawrence hold her on her lap for ultrasounds during the tamandua's pregnancy. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, 30 May 2019 Sometimes, Isla, a tamandua, steps up on two feet, too. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, 30 May 2019

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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 24 Jun. 2021.

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