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Any of several long-tailed, scale-covered mammals of the order Pholidota of tropical Africa and Asia, having a long snout and a sticky tongue for catching and eating ants and termites. Also called scaly anteater.
[Malay pengguling, something that rolls up : peng-, n. pref. + -guling, to roll (from its habit of rolling up into a ball when frightened).]
(Animals) any mammal of the order Pholidota found in tropical Africa, S Asia, and Indonesia, having a body covered with overlapping horny scales and a long snout specialized for feeding on ants and termites. Also called: scaly anteater
[C18: from Malay peng-gōling, from gōling to roll over; from its ability to roll into a ball]
pan•go•lin(ˈpæŋ gə lɪn, pæŋˈgoʊ-)
any mammal of the order Pholidota, of Africa and tropical Asia, having a covering of broad, overlapping, horny scales and feeding on ants and termites. Also called scaly anteater.
[1765–75; < dial. or bazaar Malay pengguling literally, one who rolls up = Malay peng- agentive prefix + guling roll up or around; so called from its habit of curling into a ball when threatened]
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|Noun||1.||pangolin - toothless mammal of southern Africa and Asia having a body covered with horny scales and a long snout for feeding on ants and termites|
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal - mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials