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aardvark meaning

aardvark /???dv??k /
? noun a nocturnal badger-sized burrowing mammal of Africa, with long ears, a tubular snout, and a long extensible tongue, feeding on ants and termites. Also called antbear.
?Orycteropus afer, the only member of the family Orycteropidae and order Tubulidentata.
– ORIGIN late 18th cent.: from South African Dutch, from aarde ‘earth’ + vark ‘pig’.

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