[ nuhm-bat ]
/ ˈnʌm bæt /
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We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of numbat
First recorded in 1920–25, numbat is from the Nyungar word numbat
Words nearby numbat
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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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