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.
- Also called scaly anteater.
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How to use pangolin in a sentence
The team compared changes in the building blocks, or amino acids, of the virus’ spike protein with four coronaviruses from bats or pangolins that don’t infect people.One mutation may have set the coronavirus up to become a global menace | Erin Garcia de Jesús | July 12, 2021 | Science News
The pangolin papers, published in quick succession in early 2020, were a promising start.They called it a conspiracy theory. But Alina Chan tweeted life into the idea that the virus came from a lab. | Antonio Regalado | June 25, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
He felt accused, but he wondered what he was being accused of, since his paper had correctly accounted for its pangolin data sources.They called it a conspiracy theory. But Alina Chan tweeted life into the idea that the virus came from a lab. | Antonio Regalado | June 25, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
A wild-animal trader who caught a strange new virus from a frozen pangolin.No one can find the animal that gave people covid-19 | Antonio Regalado | March 26, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Five serval cats also call the refuge home, plus a constant stream of pangolins, the world’s most trafficked animal.A virtual menagerie: How conservation and rescue efforts can connect us with wildlife around the world | Andrea Sachs | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
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
The climbing species have a small bare patch on the under side of the tail near the tip (see 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
Lastly, the pangolin (Manis) is represented by two species in the eastern Himalaya.
British Dictionary definitions for pangolin
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 termites: Also called: scaly anteater
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