One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rat-sized carnivorous marsupial with a pointed snout, large eyes, and a short crested tail, native to central Australia.
Dasycercus cristicauda, family Dasyuridae
- ‘The marsupial mole has no eyes and burrows in the sand, while the mulgara is a sharp-toothed, insect-eating animal.’
- ‘It is believed that the population of the mulgara is dependent on the quality of each season.’
- ‘Many creatures are nocturnal but if you take your night vision goggles you could see dunnarts, mulgaras, dingoes, kangaroos, rabbits, foxes, camels and donkeys.’
- ‘A mulgara avoids exposure to heat during the hot part of the day by remaining in its burrow.’
- ‘The Kowari is coloured ashy-grey, and its distinguishing feature is the brush of black hairs on the end of its tail, which differs from that found in the mulgaras in that it completely encircles the end of the tail.’
1940s: probably from Wangganguru (an Aboriginal language) mardagura.
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