American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- From Afrikaans aarde ("earth"), from Middle Dutch aerde + Afrikaans wolf ("wolf"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“I started with aardvark, calling it a burrowing insectivorous mammal, then aardwolf, a hyena-like mammal, making my way to acclimate—to accustom or become accustomed to new surroundings or circumstances.”
“Coming so soon after the euphoria in Washington over the toppling of Saddam, the August aardwolf seemed to many within the Bush administration to be far too negative.”
“As of early November 2003, the aardwolf explained, the insurgency in central and northern Iraq was gaining momentum and beginning to tip the balance against the Americans.”
“Senior U.S. military officers in Baghdad bitterly complained that they had been “blindsided” by the aardwolf, and tensions grew between the CIA and the Pentagon.”
“Top CIA officials initially praised the November aardwolf, and one told the Baghdad station chief that it was the best aardwolf he had ever read.”
““When I read that November aardwolf,” said a CIA official who knew the Baghdad station chief, “I thought that he was committing career suicide.””
“The aardwolf clearly caught the attention of the White House and Pentagon.”
“And in late 2004, when a new CIA station chief—the successor to the officer pulled in December 2003—wrote another aardwolf reporting on the deadly conditions in Iraq, his political allegiances were quickly questioned by the White House, CIA officials later learned.”
“The August aardwolf said that the UN bombing was part of a strategy by a new and bold insurgency to discredit and isolate the U.S.-led coalition, and warned that insurgents and terrorists had the capability to carry many more attacks against “soft targets.””
“After his aardwolf circulated in Washington, then–U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte heard from an official at the National Security Council.”
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Words in which the second letter is A
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