Definition of pangolin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pangolin

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpæŋɡəlɪn//
 
, also BrE//pæŋˈɡəʊlɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæŋɡəlɪn//
 
(also scaly anteater) Wild mammals
 
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a small animal from Africa or Asia that eats insects, and has a long nose, tongue and tail, and hard scales on its body See related entries: Wild mammals Word Origin late 18th cent.: from Malay peng-guling, literally ‘roller’ (from its habit of rolling into a ball).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pangolin