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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahrd-woo lf]
    • /ˈɑrdˌwʊlf/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahrd-woo lf]
    • /ˈɑrdˌwʊlf/

Definitions of aardwolf word

  • noun aardwolf 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) 3
  • noun aardwolf a nocturnal S African carnivore (Proteles cristatus) of the same family as the hyena, that feeds chiefly on termites and insect larvae 3
  • noun plural aardwolf a striped, hyenalike mammal, Proteles cristatus, of southern and eastern Africa, that feeds chiefly on insects. 1
  • noun aardwolf A nocturnal black-striped African mammal of the hyena family, feeding mainly on termites. 1
  • noun aardwolf The nocturnal, insectivorous, mammal, Proteles cristatus, of southern and eastern Africa, related to and resembling the hyena. 0

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Origin of aardwolf

First appearance:

before 1825
One of the 37% newest English words
1825-35; < Afrikaans erdwolf < Dutch aardwolf, equivalent to aarde earth + wolf wolf

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aardwolf popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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