from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two small nocturnal anteaters (Tamandua tetradactyla or T. mexicana) of Central and South America, having thick, bristly fur and dwelling in trees during the day.

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  • n. An anteater of the genus Tamandua.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The little ant-bear or four-toed ant-eater of South America, Myrmecophaga tamandua.
  • n. [capitalized] The genus to which this species belongs, separated from Myrmecophaga, the animal being then called Tamandua tetradactyla.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small toothless anteater with prehensile tail and four-clawed forelimbs; of tropical South America and Central America


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Portuguese tamanduá, from Tupi ta-monduá, from monduar, to catch.


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  • Hanging from vines, mud fights in the hot springs, swimming - and paddling - down the Alto Madre de Dios River in the Amazon basin, wildlife monkeys, macaws, tamandua, many birds and insects and even a bushmaster - a very venomous snake, almost getting kidnapped by a cab driver in Lima, and being 'mosquito candy'.... but my heart was taken by the beautiful Yine Indian children who had such open and kind spirits.

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  • * Seeing the tamandua anteater swim across the Alto Madre de Dios river and then emerge at the other side.

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  • Asmouelle the tamandua, stood be - fore the narrow wooden oval that was the Quorum table and glared at his colleagues.

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  • I looked up, and there, ten feet above, was a furry tamandua anteater slowly climbing a straight purpleheart trunk, while around and around his head buzzed and swore the little fury -- a pinch of cinnamon feathers, ablaze with rage.

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  • While journeying through the interior of Brazil I not infrequently came across the big tamandua, the ant-bear or ant-eater.

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  • As soon as we saw the giant tamandua we pushed off in a rowboat, and landed only a couple of hundred yards distant from our clumsy quarry.

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