Definition of numbat in English:

numbat

Syllabification: num·bat
Pronunciation: /ˈnəmˌbat
 
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noun

  • A small termite-eating Australian marsupial with a black and white striped back and a bushy tail.
    • Myrmecobius fasciatus, family Myrmecobiidae
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    • 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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