Definition of pademelon in English:


(also paddymelon)


  • A small wallaby inhabiting the coastal scrub of Australia and New Guinea.

    Also called scrub wallaby
    • ‘It is believed that predation by non-native red foxes was the primary reason for the extinction of the dusky pademelon on mainland Australia.’
    • ‘At dusk pademelons and wallabies come out while sugar gliders float through the forest canopy.’
    • ‘It is also my first chance to see the wonderfully unique wildlife here; kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, pademelons, possums, and various unique birds.’
    • ‘The 17 hectare nature protects eight hectares of undisturbed rainforest, which is home to pademelons, brush turkeys, water rats and possums that can be seen on walks.’
    • ‘‘Some guests just sit and relax in the lush green lawns surrounding the house, where pademelons, brush turkeys and other birds come out from the rainforest to be fed,’ she said.’


Early 19th century (earlier as paddymelon): probably an alteration of Dharuk badimalion.