Definition of planigale in English:

planigale

Line breaks: plani|gale
Pronunciation: /ˈplanɪgeɪl
 
, ˌplanɪˈgeɪli
 
/

noun

  • A very small mouse-like carnivorous marsupial with a long tail, native to Australia and New Guinea.
    • Genus Planigale, family Dasyuridae: several species
    More example sentences
    • Common Planigales inhabit rainforest, eucalypt forest, heathland, marshland, grassland and rocky areas where there is surface cover, and usually close to water.
    • Another surprise was the apparent association of Planigale populations with tall grasslands on the Tweed Coast.

Origin

1940s: modern Latin, from Latin planus 'flat' (referring to the flat skull of the marsupial), on the pattern of phascogale.

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