wom·bat | \ ˈwäm-ˌbat \

Definition of wombat 

: any of several stocky burrowing Australian marsupials (genera Vombatus and Lasiorhinus of the family Vombatidae) resembling small bears

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Some Phuds referred to these interlopers as wombats, and would issue wombat alerts if any were sighted entering the building. New York Times, "Never Solved, a College Dorm Fire Has Become One Man’s Obsession," 13 Apr. 2018 We were taken by 4WD off the main track to some of the best locations for spotting possums, wombats and marsupials that are usually too shy to surface. Catherine Ridha, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Remote Valley is Australia's Best Kept Secret," 21 Mar. 2018 Australia is full of cute animals—wombats, bandicoots, potoroos, echidnas, wallabies, platypuses, quokkas and koalas just to name a few. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Super-cute Eastern Quoll Returns to Mainland Australia," 16 Mar. 2018 This story has been corrected to reflect that the weight of Patrick the wombat is 40 kilograms, or 88 pounds. Douglas Main, Newsweek, "The World’s Oldest, And Possibly Largest, Wombat Turns 29," 26 Aug. 2014 What is thought to be the world’s oldest wombat turned 29 this week. Douglas Main, Newsweek, "The World’s Oldest, And Possibly Largest, Wombat Turns 29," 26 Aug. 2014 After the kangaroos came milk formulas for echidnas (whose babies are called puggles), sugar gliders, wombats and other Australian native animals. Serena Solomon, New York Times, "Saving Koalas, and Other Marsupials, With Milk Almost as Good as Mom’s," 24 Feb. 2018 Most modern marsupials are pretty cute and cuddly—koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, sugar gliders and even some types of possums are pretty sweet. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New Species of Extinct Marsupial Lion Deepens Their Fierce Family Tree," 11 Dec. 2017 Prehistoric marsupial lions are related to modern koalas and wombats. National Geographic, "New Species of Dog-Size Marsupial Lion Discovered," 7 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of wombat

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wombat

Dharuk (Australian aboriginal language of the Port Jackson area) wambad

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: an Australian animal that looks like a small bear

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