- any mammal of the order Pholidota, of Africa and tropical Asia, having a covering of broad, overlapping, horny scales and feeding on ants and termites.
Origin of pangolin
Examples from the Web for pangolin
This ant-eater is known as the “pangolin,” or “manis,” but there are several species of “pangolin” not African.The Bush Boys
Captain Mayne Reid
In their belts they carried several knives, while the musket and the little round cap of pangolin skin completed their equipment.The Great White Queen
William Le Queux
Lastly, the pangolin (Manis) is represented by two species in the eastern Himalaya.
- any mammal of the order Pholidota found in tropical Africa, S Asia, and Indonesia, having a body covered with overlapping horny scales and a long snout specialized for feeding on ants and termitesAlso called: scaly anteater
Word Origin and History for pangolin
1774, "scaly toothless mammal of Java," from Malay peng-goling "roller," from its habit of curling into a ball; from peng- (denominative prefix) + goling "to roll." Later extended to related species in Asia and Africa.