Definition of numbat in English:

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numbat

Pronunciation: /ˈnəmbat/

noun

A small termite-eating Australian marsupial with a black and white striped back and a bushy tail.
  • Myrmecobius fasciatus, family Myrmecobiidae.
Example sentences
  • I mean, we have an enormous wealth of reptiles, the richest in the world, our insects are amazing, our marsupials, our numbats and our bandicoots and our bilbies - how many people have seen a bilby or know what a bilby is?
  • When we started, people didn't know what bilbies and boodies and bettons and numbats were, and now they do.
  • The winery has a wetland centre in South Australia where it is also intended to release brush-tailed bettong and numbats later in the year.

Origin

Early 20th century: from Nyungar.

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Syllabification: num·bat

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