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 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 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

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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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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Wombat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wombats. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of wombat

: an Australian animal that looks like a small bear

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