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Definition of AARDVARK

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aardvark \aard"vark`\ ([aum]rd"v[aum]rk`), n. [D., earth-pig.] (Zool.) An edentate mammal, of the genus {Orycteropus} ({Orycteropus afer}), somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of Southern Africa. It is a nocturnal ungulate, burrows in the ground with its powerful claws, and feeds entirely on ants and termites, which it catches with its long, extensile, slimy tongue. It is the sole extant representative of the order {Tubulidentata}. [Spelled also {Aard-vark}.]

     Syn: Syn. --ant bear, anteater, {Orycteropus afer}, oryctere, orycterope [1913 Webster WordNet 1.5]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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