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[tuh-man-doo-uh, tuh-man-doo-ah]
  1. a tree-dwelling, tropical American anteater, Tamandua tetradactyla, having a prehensile tail, four-clawed forelimbs, and coarse, tan hair with black markings on the trunk.
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Also tam·an·du [tam-uh n-doo] /ˈtæm ənˌdu/.

Origin of tamandua

1605–15; < Portuguese < Tupi: literally, ant-trapper
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Historical Examples of tamandua

  • I observe that Rudolphi distinctly refers to this edentate as the tamandua.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • Tamandua has also retia, which are also found in the Spider-monkeys.

  • When left by the tamandua to their own devices there were myriads still surviving.

  • The second species of tamandua—that is, in size—is quite a different creature.

  • Figs. 107 and 108 show the entire abdominal portion of the alimentary tract in Tamandua bivittata, the little ant-eater of Brazil.

British Dictionary definitions for tamandua


tamandu (ˈtæmənˌduː)

  1. a small arboreal edentate mammal, Tamandua tetradactyla, of Central and South America, having a prehensile tail and tubular mouth specialized for feeding on termites: family MyrmecophagidaeAlso called: lesser anteater
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Word Origin for tamandua

C17: via Portuguese from Tupi: ant trapper, from taixi ant + mondê to catch
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