Aardvark vs. Armadillo

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Main Difference

The main difference between Aardvark and Armadillo is that the Aardvark is a species of mammal and Armadillo is a family of mammals

  • Aardvark (noun)

    The nocturnal, insectivorous, burrowing, mammal Orycteropus afer, of the order Tubulidentata, somewhat resembling a pig, common in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa. First attested in the late 18th c.

    "The aardvark burrows in the ground and feeds mostly on termites, which it catches with its long, slimy tongue."

  • Aardvark (noun)

    A silly or credulous person who is prone to mistakes or blunders.

    "I walked into the wrong bathroom like a total aardvark."

  • Armadillo (noun)

    Any of the burrowing mammals covered with bony, jointed, protective plates, order Cingulata, found in the Americas, especially in South America.

  • Aardvark (noun)

    a nocturnal badger-sized burrowing mammal of Africa, with long ears, a tubular snout, and a long extensible tongue, feeding on ants and termites.

  • Armadillo (noun)

    a nocturnal insectivorous mammal that has large claws for digging and a body covered in bony plates. Armadillos are native to Central and South America and one kind is spreading into the southern US.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Aardvark (noun)

    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.

  • Armadillo (noun)

    Any edentate animal if the family Dasypidæ, peculiar to America. The body and head are incased in an armor composed of small bony plates. The armadillos burrow in the earth, seldom going abroad except at night. When attacked, they curl up into a ball, presenting the armor on all sides. Their flesh is good food. There are several species, one of which (the peba) is found as far north as Texas. See Peba, Poyou, Tatouay.

Webster Dictionary
  • Aardvark (noun)

    nocturnal burrowing mammal of the grasslands of Africa that feeds on termites; sole extant representative of the order Tubulidentata

  • Armadillo (noun)

    burrowing chiefly nocturnal mammal with body covered with strong horny plates

Princeton's WordNet

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