nounEtymology: Malay dialect p?nggulingDate: 1774 any of a family (Manidae of the order Pholidota) of Asian and African toothless mammals having the body covered dorsally with large imbricated horny scales — called also scaly anteater
n. any scaly anteater of the genus Manis, native to Asia and Africa, having a small head with elongated snout and tongue, and a tapering tail. Etymology: Malay peng-goling roller (from its habit of rolling itself up)
Pangolin Pan"go*lin, n. [Malay pang?lang.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of Manis, Pholidotus, and related genera, found in Africa and Asia. They are covered with imbricated scales, and feed upon ants. Called also scaly ant-eater.