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aardvark

[ ahrd-vahrk ]
/ ˈɑrdˌvɑrk /
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noun
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.

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Also called ant bear .

Origin of aardvark

First recorded in 1825–35; from Afrikaans erdvark, from Dutch aardvarken, equivalent to aarde “earth” + varken “pig”; see earth, farrow1

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British Dictionary definitions for aardvark

aardvark
/ (ˈɑːdˌvɑːk) /

noun
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

Word Origin for aardvark

C19: from obsolete Afrikaans, from aarde earth + varken pig
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