One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various long-eared, long-tailed Australian rodents of the former genus Hapalotis (family Muridae), now placed in the genera Notomys (hopping mice) and Conilurus (rabbit rats).
Mid 19th century. From scientific Latin Hapalotis, former genus name from ancient Greek ἁπαλός soft (of unknown origin) + οὐτ-, οὖς ear.
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