aardwolf

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

Recent Examples on the Web The conservation union’s hyena specialist group is currently conducting the largest global survey of the four species of hyena — spotted, striped, brown and the aardwolf — since the 1990s. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, "In Lebanon, the Hyena’s Main Fear Is Fear Itself," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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“Aardwolf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aardwolf. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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