vlakvark, noun

Forms:
fleck-vark, vlaaght-varkShow more Also (formerly) fleck-vark, vlaaght-vark, vlacke-vark, vlackte-vark, vlakte vark, vlakte verk, vleck vark.
Plurals:
unchanged, formerly vlakvarken.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, vlak (from vlakte plain, flat ground) + vark pig.
The warthog Phacochoerus aethiopicus of the Suidae.
1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 84Botha shot yesterday a vlak vark.
1844 J. Backhouse Narr. of Visit 213The Vlackte Vark, Pig of the Plains,..has a large head, a large fleshy protuberance behind each eye, and a warty excrescence on each side of the muzzle.
1860 A.W. Drayson Sporting Scenes 127Towards evening, we had a brilliant affair with an old wild boar (the vleck vark), his wife and children.
1874 A. Edgar in Friend 4 JuneI saw today innumerable ‘vlakvarken’ scudding away with their tails locked right upward, like poles...I believe they are very good eating.
a1875 T. Baines Jrnl of Res. (1964) II. 110The animal..breaking away over the plains, in the shape of a fine Vlakte Verk. Incited by the hope of pork for supper, I gave chase.
1879 R.J. Atcherley Trip to Boërland 231Here I shot a vlaaght-vark.
1881 P. Gillmore Land of Boer 229This animal was one of that species — which the Boers call fleck-vark.
1916 J.M. Orpen Reminisc. (1964) 305Presently I shot a ‘vlak vark’ (wart hog), and told my after-rider to stop beside it till the wagon came along.
1968 L.G. Green Full Many Glorious Morning 228‘The vlakvark or warthog,’ Frikkie continued..‘is the ugliest animal on earth, worse than a baboon or a rhinoceros. Black and naked, it has sharp tusks up to a foot long, whiskers and horrifying warts on its cheeks.’
1986 Sunday Star 8 June 5It wasn’t the vlakvark, nor the orkes, that had brought more than 2 000 to an open field on a smallholding in Potchefstroom last Friday.
1994 M. Roberts tr. of J.A. Wahlberg’s Trav. Jrnls 1838–56 63Try in vain to get near 2 Vlakvark.
The warthog Phacochoerus aethiopicus of the Suidae.

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