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aardwolf

[ ahrd-woolf ]
/ ˈɑrdˌwʊlf /
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noun, plural aard·wolves.
a striped, hyenalike mammal, Proteles cristatus, of southern and eastern Africa, that feeds chiefly on insects.
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Origin of aardwolf

1825–35; <Afrikaans erdwolf<Dutch aardwolf, equivalent to aardeearth + wolfwolf

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British Dictionary definitions for aardwolf

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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