Definition of aardwolf in English:

aardwolf

noun

  • A black-striped nocturnal African mammal that feeds mainly on termites.

    • ‘Aardvarks and aardwolves have this typical eutherian construction.’
    • ‘For example, carnivorous mammals' descendants that now shun meat include bamboo-eating pandas and termite-slurping aardwolves.’
    • ‘The aardwolf is a undoubted termite specialist, lapping up exposed workers assembled along foraging trails.’
    • ‘Even if pangolins are the sister group of carnivores, aardwolves are well nested within Carnivora in the family Hyaenidae.’
    • ‘The four extant hyena species (spotted hyena, striped hyena, brown hyena, and aardwolf) are the remnants of a large radiation.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from South African Dutch, from aarde earth + wolf wolf.

Pronunciation:

aardwolf

/ˈɑːdwʊlf/