from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several stocky burrowing Australian marsupials of the family Vombatidae, somewhat resembling a small bear and feeding mainly on grass, leaves, and roots.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several herbivorous, burrowing marsupials, of the family Vombatidae, mainly found in southern and eastern Australia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of three species of Australian burrowing marsupials of the genus Phascolomys, especially the common species (Phascolomys ursinus). They are nocturnal in their habits, and feed mostly on roots.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Australian marsupial mammal of the genus Phascolomys, as P. wombat or P. ursinus. See cut under Phascolomys.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. burrowing herbivorous Australian marsupials about the size of a badger
Yes, "I was hit by a wombat" is in the passive voice (and properly so according to Pullum, if the wombat is a "newer and less established" element).
But "I was hitting the the wombat" is not only active voice, but an image of strength and muscularity.
There is also a small, clumsy, inoffensive animal called the wombat, which is never found outside of these Australian regions.
(For the satisfaction of his patients, I may observe, parenthetically, that the skull and the "wombat" -- that last is a creature between a miniature pig and a very small badger -- were not precisely packed up with the sarsaparilla!)
MM: A wombat is an Australian marsupial that looks like a kind of rabbit, only slightly angrier and bigger.
Anst, here we have a wonderful beastie called a wombat which eats , roots and leaves… applies to male human species as well
Actually, pretty much every possible title gets better if you stick the word wombat in it.
After I came up with a fairly standard "Agent Ketchup," and saw someone else using it not long after, I realized how foxy I was, then how much a wombat is my spirit animal.
The Londo we see is a horrible person, who knowingly does horrible things for reasons which are, OK, vaguely honorable** but still not a sufficient excuse, and his exploitation by the Shadows can only be explained by his having the political instincts of a stunned wombat, which is plainly not the case.
The wombat is a round-shouldered hulk of dark fur like a young bear but more mopey that hesitates and then quietly reverses direction when encountered at night on a path.