Orycteropus afer


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Noun1.Orycteropus afer - nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termitesOrycteropus afer - 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
genus Orycteropus, Orycteropus - coextensive with the family Orycteropodidae
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The tooth- bearing members of this group (anteaters are edentulous) stand out from all other mammals, except the aardvark (Orycteropus afer), by lacking an enamel covering on the teeth (Shoshani et al., 1988).
Groundhog, for example, is commonly asserted to be a calque of Dutch aardvarken, which dissects into aarde 'ground, earth,' and varken 'hog, pig.' But, significantly, a second calque representing an entirely different animal, the South African anteater (Orycteropus afer), is also translated from these same Dutch elements, though in this context it is reconstructed from its alternative English counterparts, earth and pig.