Definitions for aardwolfˈɑrdˌwʊlf
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a shaggy, striped African carnivore, Proteles cristatus, related to the hyena, that subsists largely on termites and insect larvae.
Origin of aardwolf:
1825–35; < Afrik erdwolf < D aardwolf=aardeearth+wolfwolf
aardwolf, Proteles cristata(noun)
striped hyena of southeast Africa that feeds chiefly on insects
The insectivorous mammal species Proteles cristata, of South Africa, related to and resembling the hyena and having an erectile crest.
Origin: From aarde, from aerde + wolf. Used in English since the nineteenth century.
The aardwolf is a small, insectivorous mammal, native to East Africa and Southern Africa. Its name means "earth wolf" in the Afrikaans / Dutch language. It is also called "maanhaar jackal". The aardwolf is in the same family as the hyenas. Unlike its relatives, the carnivores, the aardwolf does not hunt large animals, or even eat meat on a regular basis; instead it eats insects, mainly termites - one aardwolf can eat about 200,000 termites during a single night by using its long, sticky tongue to capture them. The aardwolf is the only surviving species in the mammalian subfamily Protelinae. There are two subspecies: Proteles cristatus cristatus of Southern Africa and Proteles cristatus septentrionalis of East Africa. The aardwolf is usually classified with the Hyaenidae, though it was formerly placed into the family Protelidae. The aardwolf lives in the scrublands of eastern and southern Africa - these are open lands covered with stunted trees and shrubs. Aardwolves usually hide in burrows during the day, and then they come out at night to seek food. Their diet nearly always consists of termites, insect larvae, and the carrion of larger animals.
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