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  1. any of several stocky, burrowing, herbivorous marsupials of the family Vombatidae, of Australia, about the size of a badger.
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Origin of wombat

First recorded in 1790–1800, wombat is from the Dharuk word wom-bat
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Related Words for wombat

wombat, koala, kangaroo, possum, opossum, wallaby, bandicoot, euro, bar, thud, X, fred, waldo, whatchamacallit

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Historical Examples of wombat

  • The wombat is an herbivorous animal, which burrows in the ground like a badger.

    In Search of the Castaways

    Jules Verne

  • The Possum turned pale and the Wombat hastily got behind him.

    The Magic Pudding

    Norman Lindsay

  • They are now represented only by the Australian wombat (Phascolomys).

  • Days passed, weeks passed, months passed, and there was no wombat.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • Not a cigar was left, but there was the skeleton of the wombat.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

British Dictionary definitions for wombat


  1. 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
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Word Origin for wombat

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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