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tammar wallaby

Syllabification: tam·mar wal·la·by
Pronunciation: /ˈtamər ˌwäləbē
 
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Definition of tammar wallaby in English:

noun

A small grayish-brown wallaby found in southwestern Australia.
  • Macropus eugenii, family Macropodidae
Example sentences
  • The tammar wallaby is the Australian marsupial model for genetic mapping studies.
  • Extensive mapping of the Y chromosome in the tammar wallaby had shown that the origin of the Y predated the divergence of marsupials from eutherian mammals.
  • For instance, spotted skunks, Spilogale putorius, stamp their front feet when approached by an unfamiliar person or animal, and white-tailed deer and tammar wallabies stamp their feet when encountering a predator.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Gaurna (an Aboriginal language) tamma.

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