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.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɑːd.vɑːk/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɑɹd.vɑɹk/
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aardvark (plural aardvarks)
- 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.]
- (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (slang, particularly in the southeast US) A silly or credulous person who is prone to mistakes or blunders.
- Aard-vark in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
- Jonathan E. Lighter, Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume I, A-G. Random House USA, 1994. →ISBN. page 1.
aardvark (plural aardvarke)
- Alternative form of
aardvark m (plural aardvarks)