: a genus (coextensive with the family Orycteropodidae and sole recent representative of the order Tubulidentata) that comprises the aardvarks

Word History


New Latin, from Greek oryktēr miner (from oryssein, orychein to dig) + New Latin -pus

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“Orycteropus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Orycteropus. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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