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aardvark

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noun aard·vark \ˈärd-ˌvärk\

Simple Definition of aardvark

  • : a large African animal that has a long nose and that eats ants and other insects

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of aardvark

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of aardvark

obsolete Afrikaans (now erdvark), from Afrikaans aard earth + vark pig


First Known Use: 1822

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AARDVARK Defined for Kids

aardvark

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noun aard·vark \ˈärd-ˌvärk\

Definition of aardvark for Students

  1. :  an African animal with a long snout and a long sticky tongue that feeds mostly on ants and termites and is active at night





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