- any of several marsupials of the genus Bettongia, of Australia and nearby regions, comprising the short-nosed rat-kangaroos, characterized by short, rounded ears, long hind feet, and a naked muzzle tip: all four species are endangered.
Origin of bettong
First recorded in 1830–40, bettong is from the Dharuk word ba-daŋ
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- a species of rat kangaroo of Australia having a short nose
C19: from a native Australian language