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aswail (plural not attested)

  1. (dated) The sloth bear (Melursus labiatus) of India.
    • Colonel Sykes
      An Aswail brought to me from the woods when quite young, and which lived some time in my possession, fed by choice almost exclusively upon roast mutton and fowl; rejecting all fruits and vegetables.
    • 1953, Dirk Pieter Erdbrink, A review of fossil and recent bears of the Old World: volume 1
      [] mutilated parts of an Aswail from Ceylon together with parts of a three-toed Sloth []

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for aswail in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)