Definition of aardvark in English:

aardvark

Syllabification: aard·vark
Pronunciation: /ˈärdˌvärk
 
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noun

  • A nocturnal burrowing mammal with long ears, a tubular snout, and a long extensible tongue, feeding on ants and termites. Aardvarks are native to Africa and have no close relatives. Also called ant bear.
    • Orycteropus afer, the only living member of the family Orycteropidae and order Tubulidentata
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    • All the animals had gathered there - giraffes, hippos, antelope, buffalo, warthogs, zebras, aardvarks, hyenas, mongooses, storks and weaver birds.
    • They also sometimes roost in the burrows of other mammals such as hedgehogs, porcupines, and aardvarks.
    • Aardvarks can travel as far as 16 km a night, visiting termite mounds.

Origin

late 18th century: from South African Dutch, from aarde 'earth' + vark 'pig'.

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