[ buh-tawng, -tong ]
/ bəˈtɔŋ, -ˈtɒŋ /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bettong

/ (bɛˈtɒŋ) /


a species of rat kangaroo of Australia having a short nose

Word Origin for bettong

C19: from a native Australian language
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