wombat

noun

wom·​bat ˈwäm-ˌbat How to pronounce wombat (audio)
: 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 In Australia, marsupials abound: A snarling Tasmanian devil stands before craggy Cradle Mountain, while a stubby brown wombat surveils the Great Australian Bight. Natasha Frost, New York Times, 10 Dec. 2023 Other large species like Diprotodon, a giant wombat, and Megalania, the largest terrestrial lizard ever, were also disappearing. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 27 Oct. 2023 Some of the models look like hybrids—koalas crossed with wombats, say—that represent what could’ve been walking around with Noah thousands of years ago. Oliver Whang, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 Areas of pale and white fur on the platypus, koala, bilby and Tasmanian devil glowed, as did the white quills and pouch skin of the short-beaked echidna and parts of the southern hairy-nosed wombat’s pale fur. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Oct. 2023 These include domestic cats, or Felis catus, along with polar bears, bats, mountain zebra, wombats, dwarf spinner dolphins, leopards and Tasmanian devils. Emma Ogao, ABC News, 4 Oct. 2023 While Australia does have an impressive array of particularly charismatic examples — Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, koalas, wombats, wallabies and bandicoots, to name a few — these comprise roughly 70 percent of the world’s population, with the other 30 percent hailing from the Americas. Natasha Frost, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Koalas are iconic Australian marsupials, like wombats and kangaroos. Christina Larson, Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2023 Wain the wombat is confirmed as the oldest living wombat in captivity ever at the age of 32 – equivalent to over 100 human years. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wombat was in 1798

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“Wombat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wombat. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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wombat

noun
wom·​bat ˈwüm-ˌbat How to pronounce wombat (audio)
: any of several stocky burrowing Australian marsupials that resemble small bears

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