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planigale

Line breaks: plani|gale
Pronunciation: /ˈplanɪɡeɪl
 
, ˌplanɪˈɡeɪli
 
/

Definition of planigale in English:

noun

A very small mouse-like carnivorous marsupial with a long tail, native to Australia and New Guinea.
  • Genus Planigale, family Dasyuridae: several species
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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