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 To get to the bottom of the mystery, scientists dissected a wombat that had died after being hit by a car. Tess Joosse, Science | AAAS, "How do wombats poop cubes? Scientists get to the bottom of the mystery," 27 Jan. 2021 It’s not uncommon to come across a wombat on the side of the road in Australia. Doug Gimesy, National Geographic, "Raising orphaned baby wombats under lockdown," 21 Aug. 2020 In fact, the first wombat Small and her mother ever cared for died. Doug Gimesy, National Geographic, "Raising orphaned baby wombats under lockdown," 21 Aug. 2020 Paleontologists announced the discovery of an extinct Australian mammal resembling a 300-pound wombat in new research published in the journal Scientific Reports. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "300-Pound, Wombat-Like Creature Once Roamed Australia," 29 June 2020 Scientists discovered that giant wombat-like creatures, the size of a black bear, roamed the Earth some 25 million years ago. CNN, "Start your week smart: Stonewall, Supreme Court, NAFTA, joblessness, coronavirus," 28 June 2020 One&Only’s coloring books are inspired by its resorts in Australia’s Wolgan Valley (images include wombats, kangaroos) and in Los Cabos, Mexico (sea turtles, sharks). Sarah Firshein, New York Times, "Color the World," 30 Apr. 2020 Rather than posting selfies with wombats at the zoo, players shared images of rescue workers cradling burned and thirsty animals, along with links for relief efforts. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Tennis Goes On at the Australian Open, Despite the Fires—This Time," 22 Jan. 2020 One evening, around the fire, one of the Varuna directors told us she knew a couple in the nearby Kanimbla Valley who fostered baby wombats and kangaroos. Tishani Doshi, WSJ, "A Brush With Fragile Bushland," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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“Wombat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wombat. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wombat

: an Australian animal that looks like a small bear

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