aardwolf

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Related to Protelinae: Proteles cristata

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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