An edentate mammal, associated with the genus Orycteropus, significantly resembling a pig, typical in certain parts of Southern Africa. It burrows in surface, and feeds entirely on ants, which it grabs with its lengthy, slimy tongue.
(n.) An edentate mammal, of the genus Orycteropus, notably resembling a pig, common in some areas of Southern Africa. It burrows within the ground, and nourishes entirely on ants, which it catches having its long, slimy tongue.
Very generally the tail has distinctly the appearance of an appendage, but in some of the lower mammals, such as the thylacine among marsupials, and the aard-vark or ant-bear among the edentates, it is much thickened at the root, and passes insensibly into the body, after the fashion common among reptiles.