aardvark

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English[edit]

Two aardvarks
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Afrikaans aardvark (obsolete), erdvark, from aarde (earth), (from Dutch, from Middle Dutch aerde) + vark (pig), (from Middle Dutch varken). 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.

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aardvark (plural aardvarks)

  1. The nocturnal, insectivorous, burrowing, mammal Orycteropus afer, of the order Tubulidentata, somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa. [from late 18th c.]
    Synonyms: African anteater, antbear, ant bear, anteater, earth pig
    The aardvark burrows in the ground and feeds mostly on termites, which it catches with its long, slimy tongue.
  2. (slang, particularly in the southeast US) A silly or credulous person who is prone to mistakes or blunders.
    Synonym: fool
    I walked into the wrong bathroom like a total aardvark.
    (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought:)

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch aardvarken, from aarde (earth, soil) +‎ varken (pig).

Noun[edit]

aardvark (plural aardvarke)

  1. Obsolete form of erdvark.

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Noun[edit]

aardvark m (plural aardvarks)

  1. aardvark (mammal)
    Synonyms: oricterope, porco-da-terra, jimbo, porco-formigueiro, timba, timbo