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wombat /ˈwɒmbæt/  

(countable noun) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.

A heavy Australian marsupial, up to 1 metre long and around 35 centimetres high, usually brown or golden in colour, with thick fur, short legs and ears, and a large nose. Wombats live in country areas and dig burrows (holes in the ground in which they live).

Example: Common wombats , which can grow to a metre in length, are considered a menace in rural areas, particularly on the South Coast and Southern Highlands, because they barge through fences and undermine buildings with their tunnels. (

A golden wombat in a wildlife park near Adelaide

(photo by Julia Miller)