- (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.
- (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 .
Etymology: from aarde, earth, and vark, pig; hence "earth-pig". Early European colonists in South Africa noticed that the animal was similar to a pig, while "aarde" hints at the animal's habit of burrowing. The word was loaned from in the late 18th century.
- Dutch: aardvarken
- French: oryctérope
- German: Erdferkel
- Italian: oritteropo
- Spanish: cerdo hormiguero
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