[ nuhm-bat ]
/ ˈnʌm bæt /



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Origin of numbat

First recorded in 1920–25, numbat is from the Nyungar word numbat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for numbat

/ (ˈnʌmˌbæt) /


a small Australian marsupial, Myrmecobius fasciatus, having a long snout and tongue and strong claws for hunting and feeding on termites: family DasyuridaeAlso called: banded anteater

Word Origin for numbat

C20: from a native Australian language
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