[ pang-guh-lin, pang-goh- ]
/ ˈpæŋ gə lɪn, pæŋˈgoʊ- /


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.



Think you know your presidents? Take this quiz and see if you can match the style, wit, and ideology of these memorable lines to the right POTUS.
Question 1 of 9
“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for pangolin

  • Lastly, the pangolin (Manis) is represented by two species in the eastern Himalaya.

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for pangolin

/ (pæŋˈɡəʊlɪn) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012