aardvark definition

  • noun:
    • A burrowing mammal (Orycteropus afer) of south Africa, having a stocky, hairy human anatomy, big ears, a long tubular snout, and effective digging claws.
    • A silly or credulous person who is at risk of errors or blunders.
    • An edentate mammal, of this genus Orycteropus (Orycteropus afer), notably resembling a pig, typical in a few elements of Southern Africa. It is a nocturnal ungulate, burrows into the ground having its powerful claws, and feeds completely on ants and termites, which it grabs featuring its lengthy, extensile, slimy tongue. It will be the sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata.
    • The ground-hog or earth-pig of South Africa. See Orycteropus.
    • nocturnal burrowing mammal associated with grasslands of Africa that nourishes on termites; sole extant representative regarding the order Tubulidentata

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