Aardvark



a large, nocturnal, burrowing mammal, Orycteropus afer, of central and southern Africa, feeding on ants and termites and having a long, extensile tongue, strong claws, and long ears.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

The name ant-eater is also given to the pangolins and to the aardvark.
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They got him in the hole like an aardvark, with a bush over the mouth, so you couldn’t see it.
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noun
a nocturnal mammal, Orycteropus afer, the sole member of its family (Orycteropodidae) and order (Tubulidentata). It inhabits the grasslands of Africa, has long ears and snout, and feeds on termites Also called ant bear
n.

1833, from Afrikaans Dutch aardvark, literally “earth-pig” (the animal burrows), from aard “earth” (see earth) + vark “pig,” cognate with Old High German farah (source of German Ferkel “young pig, sucking pig,” a diminutive form), Old English fearh (see farrow).

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