Orycteropus

noun

Oryc·​ter·​o·​pus
əˌrikˈterəpəs,
ˌōrˌi-
: a genus (coextensive with the family Orycteropodidae and sole recent representative of the order Tubulidentata) that comprises the aardvarks

Word History

Etymology

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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