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



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 Originlate 18th cent.: from Malay peng-guling, literally ‘roller’ (from its habit of rolling into a ball).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pangolin