The Alternative English Dictionary: aardvark

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aardvark {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} Alternative forms: aard-vark, erdvark etymology From Afrikaans aardvark (obsolete), erdvark, from Afrikaans aarde, (from Dutch, from Middle Dutch aerde) + Afrikaans vark, (from Middle Dutch varken).Early European colonists in South Africa noticed that the animal was similar to a pig, while "aarde" hints at the animal's habit of burrowing. pronunciation {{wikisource1911Enc}}
  • (RP) /ˈɑːd.vɑːk/
  • (US) /ˈɑɹdˌvɑɹk/, /ˈɑd.vɑk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The nocturnal, insectivorous, burrowing, mammal {{taxlink}}, of the order Tubulidentata, somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa. {{defdate}} The aardvark burrows in the ground and feeds mostly on termites, which it catches with its long, slimy tongue.
  2. (slang, particularly in the southeast US) A silly or credulous person who is prone to mistakes or blunders. I walked into the wrong bathroom like a total aardvark.
Synonyms: (mammal) African anteater, antbear, ant bear or ant-bear, anteater, earth pig

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