[ ant-ee-ter ]
/ ˈæntˌi tər /


any of several mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae, having a long, tapered snout, extensile tongue, and powerful front claws and feeding chiefly on ants and termites.Compare giant anteater, silky anteater, tamandua.
the aardvark.
a pangolin.
an echidna.

Origin of anteater

First recorded in 1755–65; ant + eater Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for anteater

/ (ˈæntˌiːtə) /


any toothless edentate mammal of the family Myrmecophagidae of Central and South America, esp Myrmecophaga tridactyla (or jubata) (giant anteater), having a long tubular snout used for eating termitesSee also tamandua
scaly anteater another name for pangolin
spiny anteater another name for echidna
banded anteater another name for numbat
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