One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small greyish-brown wallaby found in southwestern Australia.
Macropus eugenii, family Macropodidae
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from Gaurna (an Aboriginal language) tamma.
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