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bilby

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɪlbi
 
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Definition of bilby in English:

noun (plural bilbies)

Another term for rabbit-eared bandicoot.
Example sentences
  • If you look at just the numbers of small native animals like woylies and potoroos and bilbies, at the end of '98 we had 900, 2001, three years later we had 2,500.
  • Tragically though, sanctuaries like this are becoming the only place to see creatures such as bilbies, bettongs and bandicoots.
  • 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?

Origin

late 19th century: probably from an Aboriginal language.

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