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aardvark

noun aard·vark \ˈärd-ˌvärk\

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

Full Definition of AARDVARK

:  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 of AARDVARK

obsolete Afrikaans (now erdvark), from Afrikaans aard earth + vark pig
First Known Use: 1822

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole
AARDVARK Defined for Kids

aardvark

noun aard·vark \ˈärd-ˌvärk\

Definition of AARDVARK for Kids

:  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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