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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A tribe of edentates comprising the South American ant-eaters. The tongue is long, slender, exsertile, and very flexible, whence the name.
  • n.pl. A tribe of Old World lizards which comprises the chameleon. They have long, flexible tongues.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Illiger's classification (1811). a family of edentates composed of the ant-eaters, aardvarks, and pangolins, as distinguished from the armadillos (Cingulata), both these being families of his ninth order, Effodientia: now restricted to the American ant-eaters, as a subordinal group. See cuts under ant-bear and tamandua.
  • In herpetology, a superfamily of lizards, including only the chameleons; the Dendrosaura or Rhiptogiossa. Also Vermilingues. See cut under chameleon.

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