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Any of several small macropods of the genus Thylogale of New Guinea, Australia, and adjacent islands, having short thick tails and sometimes considered to be small wallabies.

[Probably Dharuk badimaliyan.]


(ˈpædɪˌmɛlən) or


(Animals) a small wallaby of the genus Thylogale, of coastal scrubby regions of Australia
[C19: from a native Australian name]
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Noun1.pademelon - small reddish-brown wallabies of scrubby areas of Australia and New Guineapademelon - small reddish-brown wallabies of scrubby areas of Australia and New Guinea
brush kangaroo, wallaby - any of various small or medium-sized kangaroos; often brightly colored
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Indeed, many people may not have even heard of a dusky pademelon before.
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Of the four species of wallabies found on the Aru Islands during the pre-LGM period, only one pademelon (Thylogale brunii) remains as part of the modern Aru fauna.
Pulling out a pocketknife, Geoff King reaches down and deftly slits the roadkilled pademelon from gullet to groin.