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A genus of termite-eating Australian marsupials whose only living representative is the numbat or banded anteater, Myrmecobius fasciatus; (also myrmecobius) †an animal of this genus, a numbat (obsolete).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. From scientific Latin Myrmecobius, genus name from medieval Greek μυρμηκόβιος living the life of an ant (apparently only in Eustathius) from Hellenistic Greek μυρμηκο- + ancient Greek βίος.
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