[tuh-man-doo-uh, tuh-man-doo-ah]


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.

Also tam·an·du [tam-uh n-doo] /ˈtæm ənˌdu/.

Origin of tamandua

1605–15; < Portuguese < Tupi: literally, ant-trapper
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tamandu (ˈtæmənˌduː)


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

Word Origin for tamandua

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