Definition of tamandua in English:

tamandua

Syllabification: ta·man·du·a
Pronunciation: /təˈmando͞oə
 
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noun

A small nocturnal arboreal anteater with a naked prehensile tail, native to tropical America.
  • Genus Tamandua, family Myrmecophagidae: two species
More example sentences
  • And when we landed, a tamandua was busy breaking into a termite mound beside the runway.
  • The tamandua feeds on ants and termites which it catches with its long, sticky tongue.
  • As well as strong claws, tamanduas have powerful prehensile tails to give them additional purchase when climbing.

Origin

early 17th century: via Portuguese from Tupi tamanduá, from taly 'ant' + monduar 'hunter'.

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