bettong

bettong

[buh-tawng, -tong]
noun
any of several marsupials of the genus Bettongia, of Australia and nearby regions, comprising the short-nosed rat-kangaroos, characterized by short, rounded ears, long hind feet, and a naked muzzle tip: all four species are endangered.

Origin:
1830–40; < Dharuk ba-daŋ

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bettong (bɛˈtɒŋ)
 
n
a species of rat kangaroo of Australia having a short nose
 
[C19: from a native Australian language]

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