Meaning of aardwolf in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɑːdwʊlf/

nounplural noun aardwolves/ˈɑːdwʊlvz/

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

    Proteles cristatus, family Hyaenidae

    ‘Aardvarks and aardwolves have this typical eutherian construction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, carnivorous mammals' descendants that now shun meat include bamboo-eating pandas and termite-slurping aardwolves.’
    • ‘The four extant hyena species (spotted hyena, striped hyena, brown hyena, and aardwolf) are the remnants of a large radiation.’


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