from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mammal (Proteles cristatus) native to southern and eastern Africa that resembles the hyena, has gray fur with black stripes, and feeds mainly on termites and insect larvae.
Afrikaans : aarde, earth (from Middle Dutch aerde; see er-2 in Indo-European roots) + wolf, wolf (from Middle Dutch; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Afrikaans aarde ("earth"), from Middle Dutch aerde + Afrikaans wolf ("wolf"). (Wiktionary)