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Two aardvarks
 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Afrikaans aardvark (obsolete), erdvark, from aarde (earth), (from Dutch, 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. [First attested in the late 18th c.]
    The aardvark burrows in the ground and feeds mostly on termites, which it catches with its long, slimy tongue.
  2. (slang, particularly in the southeast US) A silly or credulous person who is prone to mistakes or blunders.
    I walked into the wrong bathroom like a total aardvark.

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AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

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aardvark (plural aardvarke)

  1. Obsolete form of erdvark.

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aardvark m (plural aardvarks)

  1. aardvark (mammal)

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