pademelon

pademelon

[pad-ee-mel-uhn]
noun
any of several small Australian wallabies, especially of the genus Thylogale.
Also, paddymelon.


Origin:
1820–30; perhaps < Dharuk, altered by folk etymology

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pademelon or paddymelon (ˈpædɪˌmɛlən)
 
n
a small wallaby of the genus Thylogale, of coastal scrubby regions of Australia
 
[C19: from a native Australian name]
 
paddymelon or paddymelon
 
n
 
[C19: from a native Australian name]

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