Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The great or maned ant-eater of South America, Myrmecophaga jubata; the tamanoir.
- n. The aardvark, ground-pig, or Cape ant-eater of Africa, Orycteropus capensis. See ant-eater, .
- n. alternative spelling of ant bear.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) An edentate animal of tropical America (the
Tamanoir), living on ants. It belongs to the genus Myrmecophaga.
- n. large shaggy-haired toothless anteater with long tongue and powerful claws; of South America
- n. nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata
“He hid his saddle and bridle in an ant-bear hole and they walked down through the reeds to the water.”
“Whereas the tapir has a hog-like skin, the ant-bear has long, bristly hairs.”
“Like the terrestrial ant-bear of Brazil they walked slowly on the outer edges of their fore feet, which were armed with long and powerful digging claws.”
“While journeying through the interior of Brazil I not infrequently came across the big tamandua, the ant-bear or ant-eater.”
“Several times we saw the tamandu&á bandeira, the giant ant-bear.”
“Besides, here and there, the ground was bad with ant-bear holes, which had to be avoided, for a fall would mean disaster.”
“Bottom there was none; the bottomlessness of it only became more apparent when one or other of the horses stumbled into the hole of an ant-bear.”
“She plunged over stones that were noisy and ragged underfoot; she tumbled in ant-bear holes and bruised herself on ant-hills.”
“The ant-bear had carved its way deep into the bowels of the earth, gradually but relentlessly dragging the hapless pony down until its posterior parts hermetically sealed up the burrow.”
“There was an old ant-bear hole hidden in the grass, into which the horse trod, and falling, rolled over on its rider.”
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