from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as pademelon.

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

  • noun Any of several small reddish-brown wallabies of scrubby areas of Australia and New Guinea, especially those belonging to the genus Thylogale.

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  • noun Alternative form of pademelon.

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  • noun small reddish-brown wallabies of scrubby areas of Australia and New Guinea


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  • Paddy-melon/paddymelon/pademelon: One of several species of wallabies, of the genus Thylogalefound.

    Saltbush Bill, J. P. 1902


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  • also pademelon

    November 5, 2007

  • How this got on the 'Gourds & Melons' list is a bit of a mystery.

    Ah, I get it. It's a small reddish-brown wallaby with huge knockers.

    adolescent giggle

    December 21, 2007

  • Interesting--OED2 defines paddymelon as the fruit (bristly with a bitter taste) and pademelon as the marsupial (gristly with a better taste).

    December 21, 2007

  • offstage shout:

    "Sheila! Remind me to lock up Paddy-the-melon when that mollusque character comes a-calling. The Australian police have declared him a 'person of interest' in the Melbourne marsupial murders. They say he has a necklace made up from the teeth of his victims. When I think of the wanton numbat slaughter at that monster's hands, it leaves me heartscalded."

    December 21, 2007

  • It's a dentalium necklace. They're just tusk shells, not real teeth. Really, occifer!

    December 21, 2007

  • Too late now. Into the paddywagon. (Or padewagon.)

    December 21, 2007