Definition of aardwolf
: a maned striped nocturnal mammal (Proteles cristatus) of southern and eastern Africa that resembles the related hyenas and feeds chiefly on insects and especially termites
Origin and Etymology of aardwolf
borrowed from early Afrikaans, from aarde “earth” + wolf “wolf”; akin to Old English eorthe “earth” and to Old English wulf “wolf” — more at 1earth, 1wolf ◆Regarding early Afrikaans aarde, see note at aardvark. The modern Afrikaans name for the animal is maanhaarjakkal.
First Known Use: 1833See Words from the same year
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