from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of edentates, covered with large, hard, triangular scales, with sharp edges that overlap each other like tiles on a roof. They inhabit the warmest parts of Asia and Africa, and feed on ants. Called also Scaly anteater. See pangolin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus of Manidœ, formerly including all the pangolins, now usually restricted to those in which the tail is very long and tapering, the scales are narrow, and the feet hairy.
  • n.

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

  • n. type genus of the Manidae


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • I realized too late that the cute joke on the pangolin page (manis depression) should have tipped me off, but for some reason that phrase had left my head entirely when I made the previous comment... *chagrined* I have a mind like a steel sieve, apparently. (Also WeirdNet was no help at all on this page... "a genus of mammals"?)

    August 26, 2008

  • Manis being the genus of pangolins. You're a good observer, c_b!

    August 26, 2008

  • The great manis looks to me quite like a pangolin. Seen here.

    August 26, 2008