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aardwolf Syllabification: aard·wolf
Pronunciation: /ˈärdwo͝olf/

Definition of aardwolf in English:

noun (plural aardwolves)

A nocturnal black-striped African mammal of the hyena family, feeding mainly on termites.
  • Proteles cristatus, family Hyaenidae
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with aardwolf

werewolf • Beowulf

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