dunnart

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English[edit]

A slender-tailed dunnart (Sminthopsis murina)
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Etymology[edit]

From Nyunga danard (probably Sminthopsis griseoventer).

Noun[edit]

dunnart (plural dunnarts)

  1. Any species of the genus Sminthopsis of small carnivorous marsupials that resemble mice or shrews.
    • 2005, C. Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe, Life of Marsupials, page 158,
      After the winter solstice, while the ambient temperature still remained low, nest sharing declined rapidly, due to increasing intolerance among the fat-tailed dunnarts, as breeding began.
      The food of the fat-tailed dunnart consists almost entirely of small arthropods, with a preference for spiders, termites, ants, cockroaches and weevils (Morton et al 1983).
    • 2009, Tim Winton, Silent Country: Travels through a Recovering Landscape, Robyn Davidson (editor), The Best Australian Essays 2009, page 18,
      During the original AWC[Australian Wildlife Conservancy] survey, Alexander Baynes identified, in a single hollow salmon gum, 283 jaws of half-a-dozen native mammal species, mostly dunnarts, many of which were recovered from owl pellets.
    • 2010, Damian Michael, David Lindenmayer, Reptiles of the NSW Murray Catchment, page 7,
      Reptiles are an important food source for a wide range of animals, including birds and small native marsupials such as the yellow-footed antechinus and the fat-tailed dunnart.

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English dunnart, from Nyunga danard (probably Sminthopsis griseoventer).

Noun[edit]

dunnart m (genitive dunnairt, nominative plural dunnairt)

  1. dunnart

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Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
dunnart dhunnart ndunnart
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.