Word of the Day: Aardvark


aard-vark / ärdvärk


1. a medium sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal with a long snout, Orycteropus afer, that feeds on ants and termites and is native to Africa

The aardvark gets its name from a South African word meaning “earth pig.” Although the aardvark looks like a pig, especially with its body and snout, aardvarks actually share common ancestors with elephants and golden moles.

Jed Winer, “Aardvark”, ‘National Geographic Kids’, kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/facts/aardvark, accessed September 12, 2023