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

1790–1800; < Dharuk wom-bat

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wombat (ˈwɒmbæt)
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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marsupial mammal of Australia, 1798, from aboriginal Australian womback, wombar.
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WOMBAT definition

Waste Of Money, Brains, And Time.
Problems which are both profoundly uninteresting in themselves and unlikely to benefit anyone interesting even if solved. Often used in fanciful constructions such as "wrestling with a wombat".
See also crawling horror, SMOP.
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wombat definition

1. A metasyntactic variable in Commonwealth Hackish.
2. wombat.doc.ic.ac.uk.
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