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aardvark Tweet Definition of aardvark Like Definition of aardvark on Facebook
  1. (zoology) A mammal, Orycteropus afer, of the order Tubulidentata, somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa. It burrows in the ground, and feeds mostly on termites, which it catches with its long, slimy tongue.
  2. (slang, particularly in the southeast, _, US) A silly or credulous person who is prone to mistakes or blunders.
I walked into the wrong bathroom like a total .
aardwolf Tweet Definition of aardwolf Like Definition of aardwolf on Facebook
noun (aardwolves)
  1. (zoology) A insectivorous quadruped (i, Proteles cristatus), of South Africa, related to and resembling the hyena, and having an erectile crest.
addax Tweet Definition of addax Like Definition of addax on Facebook
noun (addax)
  1. (zoology) One of the largest African antelopes (Hippotragus, � Oryx, nasomaculatus). It is now believed to be the Strepsiceros (twisted horn) of the ancients. By some it is thought to be the pygarg of the Bible.
African elephant Tweet Definition of African elephant Like Definition of African elephant on Facebook
  1. Either of two species of elephant, Loxodonta africana or Loxodonta cyclotis, found in Africa is the smaller of the two types and its tusks are made of cartilage like finger nails.
agouti Tweet Definition of agouti Like Definition of agouti on Facebook
  1. A rodent similar in appearance to a guinea pig but having longer legs.
alpaca Tweet Definition of alpaca Like Definition of alpaca on Facebook
noun (alpaca, pl2=alpacas)
  1. A sheeplike animal of the Andes. It is a South American member of the camel family, Camelidae (order Artiodactyla), of mammals; its Latin name is Lama pacos. It is closely related to the llama, guanaco, and vicuí±a, which are referred to collectively as lamoid, lamoids.
American bison Tweet Definition of American bison Like Definition of American bison on Facebook
  1. a bovine mammal, a species of bison
angora Tweet Definition of angora Like Definition of angora on Facebook
  1. Fabric made from the hair of a rabbit
anteater Tweet Definition of anteater Like Definition of anteater on Facebook
  1. Any of several animals, in suborder Vermilingua, which are noted for eating ants and termites which they catch with their long sticky tongues.
  2. A common term used of some other unrelated species that feed with ants, including pangolin ("scaly anteater"), echidna ("spiny anteater"), aardvark and numbat ("banded anteater").
antelope Tweet Definition of antelope Like Definition of antelope on Facebook
noun (pl=antelope, pl2=antelopes)
  1. Any of several African mammals of the family Bovidae distinguished by having hollow horns. Unlike deer antelope do not shed their horns.
ape Tweet Definition of ape Like Definition of ape on Facebook
  1. An animal of a class of primates generally larger than monkeys and distinguished from them by having no tail.
  2. (derogatory) An uncivilised person.
verb (ap, ing)
  1. (transitive) To imitate.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistíªs of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 454,
    • : It is not conceived as a mere "aping" in externals nor as an enacting in the sense of assuming a foreign role.
Ariel Tweet Definition of Ariel Like Definition of Ariel on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Biblical Hebrew name meaning literally "lion of God", and used also in reference to the city of Jerusalem.
  2. Name of a spirit in the play The Tempest by Shakespeare.
  3. Name of the twelfth and brightest moon of the planet Uranus.
  4. (given name, male), often borrowed from Spanish usage.
  5. (given name, female), mostly of persons born after 1970.
armadillo Tweet Definition of armadillo Like Definition of armadillo on Facebook
  1. Any of a family of burrowing mammals covered with bony, jointed, protective plates.
    • Texas armadillo scientific name: Dasypus novemcinctus
ass Tweet Definition of ass Like Definition of ass on Facebook
  1. (zoology) A beast of burden, particularly a donkey.
  2. (slang) A jerk; a mean or rude person.
  3. (slang) A stupid person (passing into Etymology 2)
Damn! That new kid left the cap off of the syrup bottle again! What an .
aurochs Tweet Definition of aurochs Like Definition of aurochs on Facebook
noun (aurochs)
  1. An extinct European mammal, Bos primigenius, the ancestor of domestic cattle.
  2. (zoology) The European bison (Bison bonasus, or Europí¦us).
aye-aye Tweet Definition of aye-aye Like Definition of aye-aye on Facebook
  1. A singular nocturnal quadruped, of the family Daubentoniidae, allied to the lemurs, found in Madagascar remarkable for its long fingers, sharp nails, and rodent-like incisor teeth.

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