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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  aardvark \aard"vark`\ ([aum]rd"v[aum]rk`), n. [D., earth-pig.]
     An edentate mammal, of the genus {Orycteropus} ({Orycteropus
     afer}), somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of
     Southern Africa. It is a nocturnal ungulate, burrows in the
     ground with its powerful claws, and feeds entirely on ants

     and termites, which it catches with its long, extensile,
     slimy tongue. It is the sole extant representative of the
     order {Tubulidentata}. [Spelled also {Aard-vark}.]
     Syn: Syn. --ant bear, anteater, {Orycteropus afer}, oryctere,
          [1913 Webster WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n : nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that
           feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the
           order Tubulidentata [syn: {ant bear}, {anteater}, {Orycteropus

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