Noun Aardvark Definition and Examples


Noun:

Aardvark

Pronunciation:

/ˈɑːdvɑːk/

Definition:
1.

noun

A nocturnal badger-sized burrowing mammal of Africa, with long ears, a tubular snout, and a long extensible tongue, feeding on ants and termites.
  1. 'Aardvarks can travel as far as 16 km a night, visiting termite mounds.'
  2. 'They also sometimes roost in the burrows of other mammals such as hedgehogs, porcupines, and aardvarks.'
  3. 'I'm off now to look up Dallas Zoo on the internet, and find out if they have aardvarks.'
  4. 'Like a little aardvark discovering a termite mound, her tiny nose twitched ecstatically.'
  5. 'An aardvark's tear membrane protects its eyes against termite bites.'


noun

1. a large, nocturnal, burrowing mammal, Orycteropus afer, of central and southern Africa, feeding on ants and termites and having a long, extensile tongue, strong claws, and long ears.


Examples:

"There can be aardvark entrances."

Origin:
Late 18th century: from South African Dutch, from aarde ‘earth’ + vark ‘pig’.

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