aardwolves

aardwolf

[ahrd-woolf]
noun, plural aardwolves.
a striped, hyenalike mammal, Proteles cristatus, of southern and eastern Africa, that feeds chiefly on insects.

Origin:
1825–35; < Afrikaans erdwolf < Dutch aardwolf, equivalent to aarde earth + wolf wolf

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aardwolf (ˈɑːdˌwʊlf)
 
n , pl -wolves
a nocturnal mammal, Proteles cristatus, that inhabits the plains of southern Africa and feeds on termites and insect larvae: family Hyaenidae (hyenas), order Carnivora (carnivores)
 
[C19: from Afrikaans, from aarde earth + wolf wolf]

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