from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A species of the genus Bettongia, a group of small brush-tailed kangaroos.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A small, leaping Australian marsupial of the genus Bettongia; the jerboa kangaroo.

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  • noun Any marsupial of the genus Bettongia, closely related to kangaroos

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  • noun short-nosed rat kangaroo


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Recorded in English since 1830–40; from the aboriginal language Dharug badang


  • Varieties of these give rise to further names, such as bettong or potoroo, but even among Australians these are hardly household words.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 3

  • Among other things, Chevron is expected to prepare plans for the protection, management and monitoring of protected animals at the project site, including the spectacled hare-wallaby, burrowing bettong and golden bandicoot.

    Environmental Approval Given for Gorgon Project

  • Of the 26 species of threatened Australian mammals, 5 are found on Bernier and Dorre islands; burrowing bettong Bettongia lesueur, rufous hare-wallaby Lagorchestes hirsutus, banded hare-wallaby L. fasciatus, Shark Bay mouse Pseudomys praeconis and western barred bandicoot Perameles bougainville.

    Shark Bay, Australia

  • This work has studied in detail the life cycle of some of Australia's most threatened animals on Bernier and Dorre Islands and has reintroduced the mari, or western barred bandicoot (Perameles bougainville) and burrowing bettong, (Bettongia lesueur), also known as the boodie.

    Biological diversity in Southwest Australia

  • The narrow strip of tall open forest is crucial for the conservation of the northern populations of three species of mammals that are restricted to this forest type, namely: yellow-bellied glider Petaurus australis, brush-tailed bettong Bettongia penicillata (E) and swamp rat Rattus lutreolus.

    Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Site, Australia

  • The long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus) is widespread on Tasmania, whereas the Tasmanian bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) is restricted to dry sclerophyll forest in eastern Tasmania, and the little pygmy possum (Cercartetus lepidus) prefers dry sclerophyll forest as well.

    Tasmanian temperate forests

  • In 1992, burrowing bettong was introduced on Heirisson Prong, and was followed with the release of Shark Bay mice in June 1994.

    Shark Bay, Australia

  • However, rufous hare-wallaby Lagorchestes hirsutus (R), burrowing bettong Bettongia lesueur (R) and common brush-tail possum Trichosurus vulpecula have been eradicated in the past 80 years although reintroduction is being considered.

    Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

  • The burrowing bettong, which never occurred in the more rugged, higher rainfall areas, has become extinct in the ecoregion.

    Kimberly tropical savanna

  • For example, Dahl reported that, for the burrowing bettong (Bettongia lesueur), a small kangaroo

    Kimberly tropical savanna


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  • The act of giving tongs to the cook.

    April 14, 2009