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The Definition of - aardvarks (noun)

    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.

Word Example of - aardvarks

    Example Sentences for aardvark

    The name ant-eater is also given to the pangolins and to the aardvark.

    They got him in the hole like an aardvark, with a bush over the mouth, so you couldn't see it.

Word Origin & History of - aardvarks

    Word Origin & History

    aardvark 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).