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A burrowing mammal (Orycteropus afer) of sub-Saharan Africa, having a stocky body, large ears, a long tubular snout, and powerful digging claws for feeding on ants and termites.
[Obsolete Afrikaans : aarde, earth (from Middle Dutch aerde; see er-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + vark, pig (from Middle Dutch varken; see porko- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
(Animals) a nocturnal mammal, Orycteropus afer, the sole member of its family (Orycteropodidae) and order (Tubulidentata). It inhabits the grasslands of Africa, has long ears and snout, and feeds on termites. Also called: ant bear
[C19: from obsolete Afrikaans, from aarde earth + varken pig]
a large burrowing African mammal, Orycteropus afer, having a piglike snout and long sticky tongue for feeding on ants and termites.
A burrowing mammal of southern Africa, having a stocky body, large ears, and a long tubular snout with a snake-like tongue that it uses for feeding on ants and termites.
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|Noun||1.||aardvark - nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata|
eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal - mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials