Definition of pangolin in English:

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pangolin

Pronunciation: /paŋˈɡə(ʊ)lɪn/

noun

An African and Asian mammal that has a body covered with horny overlapping scales, a small head with an elongated snout, a long sticky tongue for catching ants and termites, and a tapering tail. Also called scaly anteater.
  • Family Manidae and order Pholidota: genera Manis (three species in Asia) and Phataginus (four species in Africa).
Example sentences
  • In contrast with the Xenarthra, the Old World Pholidota is not trophically diverse and contains only the myrmecophagous pangolins, or scaly anteaters.
  • An alternative strategy can be seen in anteaters and pangolins: the tongue has lost most of its cranial attachments.
  • Like pangolins, aardvarks have a long, protrusile tongue and a gizzard-like stomach.

Origin

Late 18th century: from Malay peng-guling, literally 'roller' (from its habit of rolling into a ball).

Words that rhyme with pangolin

bowline

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: pan¦go|lin

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