Definition of numbat in English:



  • A small termite-eating Australian marsupial with a black-and-white striped back and a bushy tail.

    Myrmecobius fasciatus, family Myrmecobiidae

    Also called banded anteater
    • ‘In the Southwestern Australian scrubland, a host of strange - sounding animals could face extinction, including numbats and the squelching froglet.’
    • ‘As is true of other dasyuromorphs, numbats are not syndactylous.’
    • ‘When we started, people didn't know what bilbies and boodies and bettons and numbats were, and now they do.’
    • ‘I mean, we have an enormous wealth of reptiles, the richest in the world, our insects are amazing, our marsupials, our numbats and our bandicoots and our bilbies - how many people have seen a bilby or know what a bilby is?’
    • ‘The winery has a wetland centre in South Australia where it is also intended to release brush-tailed bettong and numbats later in the year.’


Early 20th century: from Nyungar.