Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • Moriarty: Sapristi brains! You think of everything.
    Grytpype-Thynne: Not everything. Sometimes I don't think of aardvarks.
    Moriarty: You mustn't be so careless. After all, aardvarks never killed anybody.
    —Goon Show episode 'The Lost Emperor'

    July 17, 2009

  • Now that is a fine pair of ears, wouldn't you say?

    January 14, 2009

  • AWW!!

    January 13, 2009

  • Hideously cute. :-)

    January 13, 2009

  • “At a ceremony marking the F-111's USAF retirement, on 27 July 1996, it was officially named Aardvark, its long-standing unofficial nickname. Aardvark literally means "earth pig" in Dutch/Afrikaans, consequently, in Australia, the F-111 is often known by the affectionate nickname ‘Pig’.�? More on Wikipedia.

    December 30, 2008

  • Aardvark

    Here I am, first in war and first in peace,
    but as far as first in my country is concerned,
    I would rather be sunning in Nice.

    Still, I shall remain at the top of the list
    unless Alvar Aalto is declared a fish.

    With my ears and tail like ripe bananas,
    I roam the nocturnal savannahs after termites,
    whom I love to see stripe
    my tongue,

    while when faced with a lion
    I lower myself into the ground.
    This profound method protects me, and always will,
    until some day

    those lions lose their fear of creatures
    hunched in graves.

    (Richard Grossman)

    November 13, 2007

  • And after your first beating following said roll call, you'd also likely be the first in line for a name change at the Dept. of Records.

    May 15, 2007

  • If your last name was Aardvark, you'd likely be the first name called in a roll call.

    May 15, 2007

  • "Being an aardvark is not easy, all you get to eat is ants" - from some song

    February 6, 2007