[[t]ˈæntˌi tər[/t]] n.
1) mam any of several tropical New World edentate mammals of the family Myrmecophagidae, having a long snout, a sticky extensile tongue, and strong claws, and feeding on ants and termites
2) mam any of various other, unrelated mammals having similar adaptations for feeding on ants and termites, as the aardvark, echidna, numbat, and pangolin
Etymology: 1755–65

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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