noun (plural aardwolves)
A nocturnal black-striped African mammal of the hyena family, feeding mainly on termites.
- Proteles cristatus, family Hyaenidae.
- Aardvarks and aardwolves have this typical eutherian construction.
- The aardwolf is a undoubted termite specialist, lapping up exposed workers assembled along foraging trails.
- Even if pangolins are the sister group of carnivores, aardwolves are well nested within Carnivora in the family Hyaenidae.
Mid 19th century: from South African Dutch, from aarde 'earth' + wolf 'wolf'.
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