bil·​by | \ ˈbil-bē How to pronounce bilby (audio) \
plural bilbies

Definition of bilby

: either of two burrowing nocturnal bandicoots (Macrotis lagotis and M. leucura) having a long tapered muzzle and large pointed ears

called also rabbit-eared bandicoot

Examples of bilby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the awww moment may have been at Sydney's harbor-side Taronga Zoo on Easter Sunday, where George met a cute little critter – a bilby – named for him. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Top royal moments of the last decade: Will & Kate's wedding, the Queen's silly video and more," 16 Dec. 2019 The benefits of bilbies Bilbies live in notoriously inhospitable regions of Australian outback, where temperatures can reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit and wildfires are a regular occurrence. Annie Roth, National Geographic, "Meet the bilby, Australia's own 'Easter bunny'," 18 Apr. 2019 When Prince George— then just nine months old—was photographed with a cute bilby, a native marsupial, at Taronga Zoo in Sydney during the Cambridges’ 2014 tour, he was dubbed the republican slayer. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour of Australia Is Crucial to the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Nov. 2018 Feral cats have been linked to the extinction of 20 species in Australia, including the lesser bilby and the desert bandicoot. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Australia Builds World’s Largest Cat-Proof Fence to Protect Threatened Species," 30 May 2018 Similar critters, such as the lesser bilby, went extinct decades ago. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "'Extinct' Marsupial Rediscovered in Parts of Australia," 18 Dec. 2017 After those have been erected, locally extinct mammals like the greater bilby, burrowing bettong, Western quoll, and Western barred bandicoot, will be reintroduced. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "'Extinct' Marsupial Rediscovered in Parts of Australia," 18 Dec. 2017 The greater bilby, a ground-dwelling marsupial, handles the heat by going, well, down under. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "These Animals Thrive in the Hottest Places on Earth," 5 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bilby

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bilby

Yuwaalaraay (Australian aboriginal language of northern New South Wales) bilbi

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“Bilby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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