aardvark
noun Etymology: obsolete Afrikaans (now erdvark), from Afrikaans aard earth + vark pig Date: 1822 a large burrowing nocturnal mammal (Orycteropus afer) of sub-Saharan Africa that has a long snout, extensible tongue, powerful claws, large ears, and heavy tail and feeds especially on termites and ants

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  • aardvark — (n.) 1833, from Afrikaans Du. aardvark, lit. earth pig (the animal burrows), from aard earth (see EARTH (Cf. earth)) + vark pig, cognate with O.H.G. farah (source of Ger. Ferkel young pig, sucking pig, a diminutive form), O.E. fearh (see FARROW… …   Etymology dictionary

  • aardvark — aard vark ([aum]rd v[aum]rk ), n. [D., earth pig.] (Zo[ o]l.) An edentate mammal, of the genus {Orycteropus} ({Orycteropus afer}), somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of Southern Africa. It is a nocturnal ungulate, burrows in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aardvark — ► NOUN ▪ a badger sized African burrowing mammal, with a tubular snout and a long tongue, feeding on ants and termites. ORIGIN South African Dutch, from aarde earth + vark pig …   English terms dictionary

  • aardvark — [ärd′värk΄] n. [obs. Afrik, earth pig < Du aarde, EARTH + vark, pig, PORK] a large, burrowing, nocturnal S African mammal (Orycteropus afer, order Tubulidentata) that feeds on ants and termites: it is squat and heavy with a long, sticky tongue …   English World dictionary

  • Aardvark — For other uses, see Aardvark (disambiguation). Aardvark Temporal range: Early Miocene–Recent …   Wikipedia

  • aardvark — /ahrd vahrk /, n. a large, nocturnal, burrowing mammal, Orycteropus afer, of central and southern Africa, feeding on ants and termites and having a long, extensile tongue, strong claws, and long ears. [1825 35; < Afrik erdvark < D aardvarken,… …   Universalium

  • Aardvark — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Aardvark désigne, en anglais, l oryctérope du Cap, un mammifère fourmilier d Afrique. Par extension, il peut aussi désigner: Le F 111 Aardvark, un… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • aardvark — noun /ˈɑː(ɹ)dˌvɑː(ɹ)k,ˈɑɹdˌvɑɹk/ a) The mammal Orycteropus afer, of the order Tubulidentata, somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of sub Saharan Africa. The aardvark burrows in the ground and feeds mostly on termites, which it catches… …   Wiktionary

  • aardvark — UK [ˈɑː(r)dˌvɑː(r)k] / US [ˈɑrdˌvɑrk] noun [countable] Word forms aardvark : singular aardvark plural aardvarks a southern African animal with a long nose and a long sticky tongue that eats ants …   English dictionary

  • aardvark — vamzdžiadantis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Orycteropus afer angl. aardvark; ant bear; earth hog vok. Erdferkel rus. африканский трубкозуб; капский трубкозуб; трубкозуб pranc. oryctérope ryšiai:… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

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