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An anteater of the family Myrmecophagidae found in South and Central America.
Of or relating to the family Myrmecophagidae.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Riverside Natural History. From scientific Latin Myrmecophagidae, family name (C. L. Bonaparte 1838) from Myrmecophaga, genus name (Linnaeus Systema Naturae (ed. 10, 1758) I. 35; from myrmeco- + -phaga, neuter plural of -phagus: see -phagous) + -idae.
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