from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus of the family Phascolomyidæ, including the wombats. They are inoffensive terrestrial and fossorial herbivorous animals of the Australian region. The genus has two sections —one containing the common and broad-nosed wombats, P. wombat and P. platyrhinus, the other the hairy-nosed wombat, See wombat.


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