Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata

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Synonyms of Aardvark

ant bear, anteater, orycteropus afer

Alternate forms of Aardvark

Hypernyms: eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal

Origin of the word Aardvark

  1. 1833, from Afrikaans Du., lit. "earth-pig" (the animal burrows), from aard "earth" (see earth) + vark "pig," cognate with O.H.G. farah (cf. Ger. Ferkel "young pig, sucking pig," a dim. form), O.E. fearh (see farrow). more

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