- any of several stocky, burrowing, herbivorous marsupials of the family Vombatidae, of Australia, about the size of a badger.
Origin of wombat
First recorded in 1790–1800, wombat is from the Dharuk word wom-bat
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Examples from the Web for wombat
The wombat is an herbivorous animal, which burrows in the ground like a badger.In Search of the Castaways
The Possum turned pale and the Wombat hastily got behind him.The Magic Pudding
They are now represented only by the Australian wombat (Phascolomys).The History of Creation, Vol. II (of 2)
Not a cigar was left, but there was the skeleton of the wombat.
Days passed, weeks passed, months passed, and there was no wombat.
- 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
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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