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A three-toed sloth, especially the pale-throated sloth. Portuguese “ai” < Tupi “ai”=imitation of the sound made by the sloth.

Pig-like mammal with long flexible nose found in South and Central America. From Tupi “tapira” or “tapyra.”

Hollow balls with handles, shaken to make a sound. Portuguese “maraca” < Tupi “mbaraka” < “mara”=noise + “aka”=chief.

Large wild American feline resembling a lion. From Portuguese “cucuarana” < Tupi “suasuarana” < “suasu”=deer + “rana”+like (color).

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