aardvark

An aardvark is an African animal with a long nose. Aardvarks are well known for eating ants and termites. You might see an aardvark if you visit a zoo.

Some people call aardvarks "antbears," because of their diet of small insects. Aardvarks are the size of a badger or small pig, and they tend to be nocturnal, burrowing for food at night with their long tongues and sleeping during the day. The word aardvark comes from Afrikaans Dutch, literally meaning "earth-pig," a combination of aard, "earth," and vark, "pig."

Definitions of aardvark
  1. noun
    nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata
    synonyms: Orycteropus afer, ant bear, anteater
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    type of:
    eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal
    mammals having a placenta; all mammals except monotremes and marsupials
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