bilby
noun (plural bilbies) Etymology: Yuwaalaraay (Australian aboriginal language of northern New South Wales) bilbi Date: 1888 either of two burrowing nocturnal bandicoots (Macrotis lagotis and M. leucura) having a long tapered muzzle and large pointed ears — called also rabbit-eared bandicoot

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