- 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.
Origin of aardvark
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The name ant-eater is also given to the pangolins and to the aardvark.
They got him in the hole like an aardvark, with a bush over the mouth, so you couldn't see it.Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland
- 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 termitesAlso called: ant bear
C19: from obsolete Afrikaans, from aarde earth + varken pig
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