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A diurnal marsupial (Myrmecobius fasciatus) of western Australia, having black and white stripes and a long bushy tail, and feeding primarily on termites.

[Nyungar (Pama-Nyungan language of southwestern Australia) numbad.]


(Animals) a small Australian marsupial, Myrmecobius fasciatus, having a long snout and tongue and strong claws for hunting and feeding on termites: family Dasyuridae. Also called: banded anteater
[C20: from a native Australian language]


(ˈnʌm bæt)

a small, striped, ant-eating Australian marsupial, Myrmecobius fasciatus, having a long snout and an extensile tongue.
[1920–25; < Nyungar numbat]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.numbat - small Australian marsupial having long snout and strong claws for feeding on termitesnumbat - small Australian marsupial having long snout and strong claws for feeding on termites; nearly extinct
dasyurid, dasyurid marsupial - small carnivorous nocturnal marsupials of Australia and Tasmania
genus Myrmecobius, Myrmecobius - banded anteater
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Through the Threatened Species Strategy, the Government is committed to turning around the fortunes of nationally-threatened species like the bilby, numbat, mountain pygmy possum, eastern bettong, cassowary, swift parrot and Australias endangered eucalyptus trees.
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Her poetry has been published in various journals online and in print, such as Cottonmouth, Up The Staircase Literary Review, Numbat, Killpoet, Fragile Arts Quarterly, Alabaster and Mercury, Heroin Love Songs, The Toronto Quarterly, Black Listed Magazine, and The Best Australian Poems 2009 (edited by Robert Adamson).
Simple, charming color illustrations bring to life the story of a numbat (a small native Australian marsupial) who is torn between choosing a heart of stone that promotes strength and self-confidence at the expense of caring about others, and a feather-heart that promotes compassion for others at the expense of caring about oneself.
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Vast swathes of woodland provide a home for kangaroos, koalas, the striped numbat, which uses its long tongue to lap up some 20,000 termites a day.
NATURAL World featured the Numbat, an Aussie marsupial with a 12-inch tongue.
We had to recite our papers from memory and I can still recall the opening sentence of my numbat essay: 'Unique among animals is the harmless little numbat, whose earliest ancestors lived in the days of the mighty dinosaurs and even before the event of Man himself.
The driver, situated above ground, can control Numbat using either video or radar-like acoustic images, and can monitor five mine gases - CO, C[H.