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pangolin

[ pang-guh-lin, pang-goh- ]
/ ˈpæŋ gə lɪn, pæŋˈgoʊ- /
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noun
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.
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Also called scaly anteater.

Origin of pangolin

1765–75; <Malay pengguling (dial. or bazaar Malay name for the animal) one who rolls up, equivalent to peng- agentive prefix + guling roll up or around; so called from its habit of curling into a ball when threatened
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British Dictionary definitions for pangolin

pangolin
/ (pæŋˈɡəʊlɪn) /

noun
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 for pangolin

C18: from Malay peng-gōling, from gōling to roll over; from its ability to roll into a ball
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