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aard·wolf

 (ärd′wo͝olf′)
n.
A mammal (Proteles cristatus) of southern and eastern Africa, similar to a hyena but feeding mainly on termites and insect larvae.

[Afrikaans : aarde, earth (from Middle Dutch aerde; see er- in Indo-European roots) + wolf, wolf (from Middle Dutch; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots).]

aardwolf

(ˈɑːdˌwʊlf)
n, pl -wolves
(Animals) a nocturnal mammal, Proteles cristatus, that inhabits the plains of southern Africa and feeds on termites and insect larvae: family Hyaenidae (hyenas), order Carnivora (carnivores)
[C19: from Afrikaans, from aarde earth + wolf wolf]

aard•wolf

(ˈɑrdˌwʊlf)

n., pl. -wolves.
a shaggy, striped African carnivore, Proteles cristatus, related to the hyena, that subsists largely on termites and insect larvae.
[1825–35; < Afrikaans erdwolf < Dutch aardwolf=aarde earth + wolf wolf]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aardwolf - striped hyena of southeast Africa that feeds chiefly on insectsaardwolf - striped hyena of southeast Africa that feeds chiefly on insects
hyaena, hyena - doglike nocturnal mammal of Africa and southern Asia that feeds chiefly on carrion
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Red wolves, Canadian otters and aardwolves (hyena relatives that stalk termites) turn out not to have lost their genetic sweet spot.
These include the aardwolves of Africa, the aardvarks ("ground pig" in Afrikaans) and the pangolins of Africa and Asia, and the numbats and echidnas, primitive egg-laying mammals of Australia.
For example, carnivorous mammals' descendants that now shun meat include honey badgers, bamboo-eating pandas, and termite-slurping aardwolves.