from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A burrowing mammal (Orycteropus afer) of southern Africa, having a stocky, hairy body, large ears, a long tubular snout, and powerful digging claws.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A silly or credulous person who is prone to mistakes or blunders.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ground-hog or earth-pig of South Africa. See Orycteropus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata
Obsolete Afrikaans : aarde, earth (from Middle Dutch aerde; see er-2 in Indo-European roots) + vark, pig (from Middle Dutch varken; see porko- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Afrikaans aardvarken (obsolete), erdvark, from Afrikaans aarde ("earth"), (from Dutch, from Middle Dutch aerde) + Afrikaans vark ("pig"), (from Middle Dutch varken ("pig")).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. (Wiktionary)