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[wom-bat] /ˈwɒm bæt/
any of several stocky, burrowing, herbivorous marsupials of the family Vombatidae, of Australia, about the size of a badger.
Origin of wombat
1790-1800; < Dharuk wom-bat Unabridged
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any of various burrowing herbivorous Australian marsupials, esp Vombatus ursinus, constituting the family Vombatidae and having short limbs, a heavy body, and coarse dense fur
Word Origin
C18: from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for wombat

marsupial mammal of Australia, 1798, from aboriginal Australian womback, wombar.

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An eccentric person; freak, nut

[1980s+ Teenagers; probably fr the inherently amusing name of the wombat, a pudgy Australian marsupial, and the occurrence of bat, ''crazy person, nut,'' as an element of the name]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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wombat in Technology

Waste Of Money, Brains, And Time.
Problems which are both profoundly uninteresting in themselves and unlikely to benefit anyone interesting even if solved. Often used in fanciful constructions such as "wrestling with a wombat".
See also crawling horror, SMOP.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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