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    • Any of several long-tailed, scale-covered mammals associated with…
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  • noun:
    • Any of several long-tailed, scale-covered mammals associated with the order Pholidota of tropical Africa and Asia, having a lengthy snout and a sticky tongue for catching and consuming ants and termites. Also known as scaly anteater.
    • The scaly anteater; some of several long-tailed, scale-covered animals for the order Pholidota of tropical Africa and Asia
    • anybody of a number of types of Manis, Pholidotus, and related genera, found in Africa and Asia. These are typically covered with imbricated scales, and feed upon ants. Called also scaly ant-eater.
    • A scaly ant-eater; a phatagin; any edentate quadruped of the genus Manis or the family Manidæ (which see). Also pangaling, pangolin.
    • [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of pangolins. Additionally Pangolinus (Rafinesque).
    • toothless mammal of south Africa and Asia having a body covered with horny scales and a lengthy snout for feeding on ants and termites
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