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[ ahrd-woo lf ]
/ ˈɑrdˌwʊlf /

noun, plural aard·wolves.

a striped, hyenalike mammal, Proteles cristatus, of southern and eastern Africa, that feeds chiefly on insects.

Nearby words

aam, aap, aar, aarau, aardvark, aardwolf, aargau, aarhus, aarnet, aaron, aaron's beard

Origin of aardwolf

1825–35; < Afrikaans erdwolf < Dutch aardwolf, equivalent to aarde earth + wolf wolf Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for aardwolf


/ (ˈɑːdˌwʊlf) /

noun plural -wolves

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 for aardwolf

C19: from Afrikaans, from aarde earth + wolf wolf
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