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- n. aardvark
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- n. The ant-bear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The great ant-bear or three-toed ant-eater of South America, Myrmecophaga jubata. See cut under ant-bear.
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- n. large shaggy-haired toothless anteater with long tongue and powerful claws; of South America
South American cousin the "tamanoir" (_Myrmecophaga jubata_), which of late years has become so famous as almost to usurp the title of
Why, then, may I ask, do we hear so much talk of the "tamanoir," while not a word is said of the "aard-vark?"
In size, habits, and the form of many parts of its body, it bears a striking resemblance to its South American cousin the "tamanoir," which of late years has become so famous as almost to usurp the title of "ant-eater."
The missionaries call them osso carnicero, to distinguish them from the osso palmero or tamanoir (Myrmecophaga jubata), and from the osso hormigero, or anteater (tamandua).
The tamanoir of Buffon is called uaraca by the Indians; it is irascible and courageous, which is extraordinary in an animal without teeth.
Its great curved claws, which bear a very striking resemblance to those of the ant-eaters -- especially the large _tamanoir_ of South America -- are used for the same purpose: that of breaking up the glutinous compost with which the termites construct their curious dwellings.
But it shan't be so any longer; I stand up for the aard-vark; and, although the tamanoir has been specially called _Myrmecophaga_, or ant-eater, I say that the
He has got, moreover, as "tall" a tail as the tamanoir, very nearly as long a snout, a mouth equally small, and a tongue as extensive and extensile.
Just at this moment the tamanoir, having turned round to address some conversation to her young companion, espied him, and sprang to her feet.
It was close to one of the ant-hills where the old tamanoir placed her young upon the ground, and turning away from it, she approached the great cone.