Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several long-tailed, scale-covered mammals of the order Pholidota of tropical Africa and Asia, having a long snout and a sticky tongue for catching and eating ants and termites.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A scaly ant-eater; a phatagin; any edentate quadruped of the genus Manis or the family Manidæ (which see). Also pangaling, pangolin.
  • noun [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of pangolins. Also Pangolinus (Rafinesque).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of Manis, Pholidotus, and related genera, found in Africa and Asia. They are covered with imbricated scales, and feed upon ants. Called also scaly ant-eater.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The scaly anteater; any of several long-tailed, scale-covered mammals of the order Pholidota of tropical Africa and Asia

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

  • noun toothless mammal of southern Africa and Asia having a body covered with horny scales and a long snout for feeding on ants and termites

Etymologies

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

[Malay pengguling, something that rolls up : peng-, n. pref. + -guling, to roll (from its habit of rolling up into a ball when frightened).]

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From Malay pengguling.

Examples

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  • Aww. Or wait... Awwwww!!

    March 17, 2008

  • Ooh. This one's a great photo.

    March 17, 2008

  • First of all -- how is that a mammal? Second, *korf*

    August 7, 2008

  • Oh stop. It's adorable.

    August 7, 2008

  • Adorable to an armadillo, or a mole, or a stegosaurus, maybe.

    August 7, 2008

  • We are all pangolins, according to Weirdnet def. 2.

    August 8, 2008

  • I would be proud of being a pangolin.

    August 8, 2008

  • Ich bin ein Pangolin!

    Edit: Actually, the German word would be Schuppentier ("scale-beast") or Tannenzapfentier ("pinecone-beast").

    I am a pinecone-beast!

    August 8, 2008

  • This from Wikipedia: "The pangolin is often compared to a walking pine cone or globe artichoke."

    Edit: link added

    August 8, 2008

  • citation needed

    August 8, 2008