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badger

noun a wombat.

Contributor's comments: Never used in SA as far as I know.

Contributor's comments: There is a hill in Tasmania called Badger Hill. I never realised until a couple of years ago that it meant wombat.

Contributor's comments: Badger is used on Flinders Island to refer to wombats, also echidnas are porcupines.

Contributor's comments: Wombat. Usage mainly rural.

Contributor's comments: My father uses this word quite frequntly when refering to wombats. It would also seem to have been a common word for wombat on King Island. There, there is a beach called the 'badgerbox' reputedly for the number of wombats caught there by the early sealers.

Contributor's comments: When we first moved to Tasmania in the 1960s all the people around us referred to wombats as 'badgers' - This entirely confused my Welsh mother who had no inkling that the black and white UK animal lived in Tasmania. It took us a while to work out that it meant wombats, but Mum was still wildly excited, because to her they were even more exotic. We decided it was because of the defensive armory of wombats, their aggression and territoriality, and their burrows, that some resemblance was apparent between the two.

Contributor's comments: I hadn't ever heard the word 'badger' for wombat when growing up in a small Tasmanian town. It was one of the first things that struck me when I began my first job teaching in a country school - all the kids used it ...

Contributor's comments: 'Badger' has been used to refer to wombats for many years (probably since transportation). At Nubeena (near Port Arthur) there is still a Badger creek, Badger bay and another 'Badgerbox' although this refers to a small shack built near Badger Ck. Presumably due to the similarities of the wombat and the English badger.