Origin of pangolin
Examples 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
Word Origin for pangolin
Word Origin and History for pangolin
1774, "scaly toothless mammal of Java," from Malay peng-goling "roller," from its habit of curling into a ball; from peng- (denominative prefix) + goling "to roll." Later extended to related species in Asia and Africa.