One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short-nosed rat-kangaroo found in Australia.
Family Potoroidae: two genera, in particular Bettongia, and several species. See also boodie, woylie
- ‘He thinks the rat kangaroo moniker has somewhat tarnished bettongs ' image.’
- ‘Tragically though, sanctuaries like this are becoming the only place to see creatures such as bilbies, bettongs and bandicoots.’
- ‘Though chiefly a root and fungus eater, today's rufous bettong (one of the smallest species of kangaroo) is in fact frequently observed to chew on animal bones.’
- ‘It has got wetland, it's got dry forest full of rabbits, bettongs, bandicoots, and there's lots of roadkill and sheep farming.’
- ‘At the other end of the scale from the six large types mentioned above are the rat/rabbit-sized bettongs, potoroos and rat-kangaroos.’
Early 19th century: from Dharuk.
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