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English

Aardvark

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Etymology

Afrikaans from aarde (earth), and vark (pig); hence "earth-pig". 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. The word was loaned from Afrikaans in the late 18th century.

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɑːdˌvɑːk/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈɑɹdˌvɑɹk/

Noun

Singular
aardvark

Plural
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  1. (zoology) A mammal, Orycteropus afer, of the order Tubulidentata, somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa. It burrows in the ground, and feeds mostly on termites, which it catches with its long, slimy tongue.
  2. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A silly or credulous person who is prone to mistakes or blunders.
    I walked into the wrong bathroom like a total aardvark.

Synonyms

Translations


Afrikaans

Etymology

From Dutch.

Noun

aardvark

  1. (obsolete) aardvark

Usage notes

This word is obsolete; the extant form is erdvark.

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