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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.]
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(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]
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(ˈnʌm bæt)

a small, striped, ant-eating Australian marsupial, Myrmecobius fasciatus, having a long snout and an extensile tongue.
[1920–25; < Nyungar numbat]
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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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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).
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Mr Roberts was sympathetic, but assured me that by following the convention I would be less likely to distract the reader's attention from my subject--namely, the numbat.