wom·​bat | \ ˈwäm-ˌbat How to pronounce wombat (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Sam Mitchell, owner of Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park, has set up an emergency triage area to treat koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and other animals burned and injured in the record-breaking wildfires. NBC News, "Video shows koalas, other animals hurt in Australia's fires getting treated," 10 Jan. 2020 Kangaroos hop along their veranda, and a wombat dug a burrow under their deck. Washington Post, "Family’s fortress no match for rapacious Australian fires," 8 Jan. 2020 Nearly 42,000 years ago, massive animals such as 6-foot-tall birds, 23-foot long lizards and wombat-like creatures the size of a Buick could be seen roaming the countryside. Fox News, "Massive animals in Australia died from humans and climate change, study says," 6 Dec. 2019 There were enormous hairy wombats called Diprotodons that weighed over two tons, towering flightless birds called Genyornis, and Macropus titan, a nine-foot-tall kangaroo. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 And there are the icons such as koalas, crocodiles, kangaroos and wombats. Washington Post, "Skip Sydney’s typical city zoo for an Australian-animal park where you can touch a koala," 25 July 2019 Australians are still paying the price; there are more rabbits in the country today than wombats, more camels than kangaroos. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Overrun by Alien Species," 1 Nov. 2018 In the mornings, the sound of wild birds and burrowing wombats became my alarm clock. Catherine Ridha, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Remote Valley is Australia's Best Kept Secret," 21 Mar. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of wombat was in 1798

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wombat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wombat. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wombat

: an Australian animal that looks like a small bear

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