aardwolf

noun
aard·​wolf | \ ˈärd-ˌwu̇lf How to pronounce aardwolf (audio) \
plural aardwolves\ ˈärd-​ˌwu̇lvz How to pronounce aardwolves (audio) \

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

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First Known Use of aardwolf

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aardwolf

borrowed from early Afrikaans, from aarde "earth" + wolf "wolf"; akin to Old English eorthe "earth" and to Old English wulf "wolf" — more at earth entry 1, wolf entry 1

Note: Regarding early Afrikaans aarde, see note at aardvark. The modern Afrikaans name for the animal is maanhaarjakkal.

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Nglish: Translation of aardwolf for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of aardwolf for Arabic Speakers

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