Aardwolf definition

ärdwo͝olf
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A mammal (Proteles cristatus) of southern and eastern Africa, similar to a hyena but feeding mainly on termites and insect larvae.
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A nocturnal S African carnivore (Proteles cristatus) of the same family as the hyena, that feeds chiefly on termites and insect larvae.
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The nocturnal, insectivorous, mammal, Proteles cristatus, of southern and eastern Africa, related to and resembling the hyena. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
aardwolf
Plural:
aardwolves

Origin of aardwolf

  • Afrikaans aarde earth (from Middle Dutch aerde er-2 in Indo-European roots) wolf wolf (from Middle Dutch wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Afrikaans aardwolf.

    From Wiktionary