Origin: From a native name.
(Science: zoology) Any one of numerous species of kangaroos belonging to the genus Halmaturus, native of australia and tasmania, especially the smaller species, as the brush kangaroo (H. Bennettii) and the pademelon (H. Thetidis). The wallabies chiefly inhabit the wooded district and bushy plains.
Alternative forms: wallabee, and whallabee.
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http://www.amonline.net.au/mammals/images/collections/200/extinct_wallaby_01.jpg Specimen of a Crescent Nailtail Wallaby specimen, Onychogalea lunata, collected from Western Australia in 1929 when the species was still considered to be common. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/history-architecture/architecture-tour/extinct-giants/images/vu-hist-arch-tour-extinct-giant-img_6172_1.jpg ...
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