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aardwolf

[ahrd-woo lf]
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noun, plural aard·wolves.
  1. a striped, hyenalike mammal, Proteles cristatus, of southern and eastern Africa, that feeds chiefly on insects.

Origin of aardwolf

1825–35; < Afrikaans erdwolf < Dutch aardwolf, equivalent to aarde earth + wolf wolf
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British Dictionary definitions for aardwolf

aardwolf

noun plural -wolves
  1. a nocturnal mammal, Proteles cristatus, that inhabits the plains of southern Africa and feeds on termites and insect larvae: family Hyaenidae (hyenas), order Carnivora (carnivores)

Word Origin

C19: from Afrikaans, from aarde earth + wolf wolf
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