aardvark

See also: aard-vark

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An aardvark.
 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Afrikaans aardvark (obsolete), erdvark, from aarde (earth, from Middle Dutch aerde) +‎ vark (pig, from Middle Dutch varken). Early European colonists in South Africa noticed that the animal was similar to a pig, while aarde hints at the animal's habit of burrowing.

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aardvark (plural aardvarks)

  1. The nocturnal, insectivorous, burrowing, mammal Orycteropus afer, of the order Tubulidentata, somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa. [from late 18th c.]
    Synonyms: African anteater, antbear, ant bear, anteater, earth pig
    The aardvark burrows in the ground and feeds mostly on termites, which it catches with its long, slimy tongue.

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AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch aardvarken, from aarde (earth, soil) +‎ varken (pig).

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aardvark (plural aardvarke)

  1. Alternative form of erdvark

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aardvark m (plural aardvarks)

  1. aardvark (mammal)
    Synonyms: oricterope, porco-da-terra, jimbo, porco-formigueiro, timba, timbo