Definition of pademelon in English:

pademelon

Syllabification: pad·e·mel·on
Pronunciation: /ˈpadēˌmelən
 
/
(also paddymelon)

noun

  • A small wallaby inhabiting the coastal scrub of Australia and New Guinea.
    • Genus Thylogale, family Macropodidae: three species
    More example sentences
    • It is also my first chance to see the wonderfully unique wildlife here; kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, pademelons, possums, and various unique birds.
    • At dusk pademelons and wallabies come out while sugar gliders float through the forest canopy.
    • It is believed that predation by non-native red foxes was the primary reason for the extinction of the dusky pademelon on mainland Australia.

Origin

early 19th century (earlier as paddymelon): probably an alteration of Dharuk badimalion.

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