What does anteater mean?

anteater meaning in Etymology Dictionary

additionally ant-eater, 1764, in mention of the the South American types; 1868 associated with the Australian echidna; from ant + broker noun from consume (v.).

anteater meaning in General Dictionary

any of several exotic US animals of family Myrmecophagidae which are lacking teeth and prey on ants and termites

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  • toothless mammal of southern Africa and Asia having a body covered with horny scales and an extended snout for feeding on ants and termites
  • nocturnal burrowing mammal for the grasslands of Africa that nourishes on termites; only extant representative associated with the purchase Tubulidentata
  • tiny Australian marsupial having lengthy snout and powerful claws for feeding on termites; almost extinct
  • a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and achieving a lengthy snout and claws for looking ants and termites; indigenous to brand new Guinea
  • a burrowing monotreme mammal covered with spines and achieving an extended snout and claws for searching ants and termites; native to Australian Continent

Sentence Examples with the word anteater

The great anteater is terrestrial in habits, not burrowing underground like armadillos.

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