Definition of tammar wallaby in English:

tammar wallaby

noun

  • A small greyish-brown wallaby found in south-western Australia.

    • ‘The islands are nature reserves and provide refuges for such diverse wildlife as Cape Barren geese, sea lions, tammar wallabies and death adders.’
    • ‘The tammar wallaby is the Australian marsupial model for genetic mapping studies.’
    • ‘Extensive mapping of the Y chromosome in the tammar wallaby had shown that the origin of the Y predated the divergence of marsupials from eutherian mammals.’
    • ‘As a result of predation by introduced cats and foxes, tammar wallabies are rare on mainland Australia, but plans are afoot to reintroduce them, using individuals from offshore island populations.’
    • ‘For instance, spotted skunks, Spilogale putorius, stamp their front feet when approached by an unfamiliar person or animal, and white-tailed deer and tammar wallabies stamp their feet when encountering a predator.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Gaurna (an Aboriginal language) tamma.

Pronunciation

tammar wallaby

/ˈtamə/