Etymology
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pangolin (n.)

1774, "scaly, toothless, ant-eating mammal of Java," from Malay (Austronesian) peng-goling "roller," from its habit of curling into a ball; from peng- (denominative prefix) + goling "to roll." Later extended to related species elsewhere in Asia and in Africa.

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Definitions of pangolin

pangolin (n.)
toothless mammal of southern Africa and Asia having a body covered with horny scales and a long snout for feeding on ants and termites;
Synonyms: scaly anteater / anteater
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