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anteaters
  1. Plural of anteater

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Anteaters are the four mammal species of the suborder Vermilingua commonly known for eating ants and termites. Together with the sloths, they compose the order Pilosa. The name "anteater" is also colloquially applied to the unrelated aardvark, numbat, echidna, and pangolin.
Species include the Giant Anteater Myrmecophaga tridactyla, about 1.8 m (6 ft.) long including the tail; the tamandua or collared Anteater Tamandua tetradactyla, about 90 cm (3 ft.) long; and the Silky Anteater Cyclopes didactylus, about 35 cm (14 in.) long.
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anteaters in Dutch: Echte miereneters
anteaters in Norwegian: Maurslukere
anteaters in Norwegian Nynorsk: Maurslukar
anteaters in Polish: Mrówkojady
anteaters in Portuguese: Tamanduá
anteaters in Russian: Муравьеды
anteaters in Simple English: Anteater
anteaters in Finnish: Muurahaiskarhut
anteaters in Swedish: Myrslokar
anteaters in Chinese: 食蚁兽科
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