Definitions for aardvarkˈɑrdˌvɑrk
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a large burrowing African mammal, Orycteropus afer, having a piglike snout and long sticky tongue for feeding on ants and termites.
Origin of aardvark:
1825–35; < Afrik erdvark < D aardvarken=aardeearth+varken pig; see farrow1
aardvark, ant bear, anteater, Orycteropus afer(noun)
nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata
The mammal Orycteropus afer, of the order Tubulidentata, somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
The aardvark burrows in the ground and feeds mostly on termites, which it catches with its long, slimy tongue.
A silly or credulous person who is prone to mistakes or blunders.
I walked into the wrong bathroom like a total aardvark.
Origin: From South African aardvarken ( > Afrikaans erdvark), from aarde + varken. 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.