Definition of pademelon in US English:


(Australian paddymelon)


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

    Genus Thylogale, family Macropodidae: three species

    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘At dusk pademelons and wallabies come out while sugar gliders float through the forest canopy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is believed that predation by non-native red foxes was the primary reason for the extinction of the dusky pademelon on mainland Australia.’
    • ‘It is also my first chance to see the wonderfully unique wildlife here; kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, pademelons, possums, and various unique birds.’


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