- a tree-dwelling, tropical American anteater, Tamandua tetradactyla, having a prehensile tail, four-clawed forelimbs, and coarse, tan hair with black markings on the trunk.
Also tam·an·du [tam-uh n-doo] /ˈtæm ənˌdu/.
Origin of tamandua
1605–15; < Portuguese < Tupi: literally, ant-trapper
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Examples from the Web for tamandua
I observe that Rudolphi distinctly refers to this edentate as the tamandua.Parasites
T. Spencer Cobbold
Tamandua has also retia, which are also found in the Spider-monkeys.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
When left by the tamandua to their own devices there were myriads still surviving.
The second species of tamandua—that is, in size—is quite a different creature.
Figs. 107 and 108 show the entire abdominal portion of the alimentary tract in Tamandua bivittata, the little ant-eater of Brazil.The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity
George. S. Huntington
- a small arboreal edentate mammal, Tamandua tetradactyla, of Central and South America, having a prehensile tail and tubular mouth specialized for feeding on termites: family MyrmecophagidaeAlso called: lesser anteater
C17: via Portuguese from Tupi: ant trapper, from taixi ant + mondê to catch
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