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 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 The letter is signed, in a different colored ink, by Virginia, as the three apes and the wombat. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, "Holding Virginia Woolf in Your Hands," 29 Jan. 2020 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

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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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10 May 2020

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“Wombat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wombat. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wombat

: an Australian animal that looks like a small bear

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