Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Aard-vark

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AARD-VARK, the orycteropus capensis, an insectivorous animal which partakes of the nature both of the ant-eater and the armadillo; agreeing with the former in its general habits, but, although entirely destitute of scaly armor, more resembling the latter as to its anatomical structure. The aard-vark measures about 5 feet to the end of the tail: its skin is thick, coarse, and covered with stiff hair; the limbs short, thick, and very muscular. This animal is very common in Cape Colony.