any of an order (Pholidota) of toothless, scaly mammals of Asia and Africa, feeding on ants and termites and able to roll into a ball when attacked; scaly anteater
Origin of pangolinMalay pë?guli?, roller ; from guli?, to roll
Any of several long-tailed, scale-covered mammals of the order Pholidota of tropical Africa and Asia, having a long snout and a sticky tongue for catching and eating ants and termites. Also called scaly anteater.
Origin of pangolinMalay pengguling, something that rolls up : peng-, n. pref. + -guling, to roll (from its habit of rolling up into a ball when frightened).
From Malay pengguling.