woylie

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English[edit]

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A woylie

Etymology[edit]

From Nyunga walyu[1].

Noun[edit]

woylie (plural woylies)

  1. (Australia) A species of bettong, Bettongia penicillata.
    • 1996, Rees Barrett, Peter Dent, Place, Patter and Process, page 89,
      Woylies are sometimes referred to as brush-tailed rat kangaroos. This alternative name is an apt description of these small marsupials.
    • 2007, The Bulletin, Issues 6559-6566, page 27,
      It's a whodunit involving the woylie, the marsupial poster-child for recovery programs involving endangered animals.
    • 2009, Tim Winton, Silent Country: Travels Through a Recovering Landscape, Robyn Davidson (editor), The Best Australian Essays 2009, page 16,
      ‘Like a woylie,’ said John Dell, ‘Closely related.’
      Ah. Of course. Even I'd heard of the woylie. But like most of my countrymen, I couldn't have described one for love nor money.
      The woylie belongs to the great treasury of marsupials that we revere and know nothing about. As I learnt that day, the boodie and the woylie are different species of bettong.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ One Big Garden. http://onebiggarden.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/aboriginal-words-in-english-language-l.html (12 Sep 2012)