numbat

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noun num·bat \ˈnəm-ˌbat\

Definition of numbat

plural

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  1. :  a small Australian marsupial (Myrmecobius fasciatus of the family Myrmecobiidae) that has a reddish-brown coat with white stripes on the back, a pointed snout, and a long slender tongue used to feed chiefly on termites —called also banded anteater

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Origin and Etymology of numbat

native name in Australia


First Known Use: circa 1845


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