From the Macquarie Dictionary

dasyurid n. 1. a member of the marsupial family Dasyuridae, which includes quolls, dunnarts, planigales, ningouis, etc. Formerly, dasyure. -adj. 2. of or pertaining to a dasyurid. [NL Dasyurus, from dasy- (combining form of Gk dasys shaggy) + -urus (from Gk oura tail)]

dunnart n. any of the narrow-footed carnivourous dasyurids of genus Sminthopsis. [Aborig.; Nyungar danart]

gidgee n. 1. a small greagarious Australian tree, Acacia cambagei, which gives off an unpleasant odour at the approach of rain; stinking wattle. 2. any of certain other species of wattle as the oisonous georgina gidgee, Arcacia georginae. 3. a long spear made from digee wood. Also gidya, gidyea. [Aborig.; Nyungar giji]

marsupial adj. 1. pertaining to, resembling, or having a marsupium. 2. of or pertaining to the marsupials. -n. <3.> any of the Marsupialia, the order which includes all of the viviparous mammas such as kangaroos, wombats, possums and related animals, found chiefly in the Australian region, and in South and Central America. The female of most species has a marsupium. [NL marsupialis, from L marsupium.]

marsupium n., pl. -pia. 1. The puch or fold of skin on the abdomen of a female marsupial which contains the mammary glands and serves as a receptacle for the developing young. 2. a structure in certain other animals for enclosing eggs or young. [L: pouch, from Gk marsypion, marsipion, diminutive of marsipos bag, pouch]

Nyungar n. an Australian Aboriginal language, from a wide area of south-western Australia, including Perth and Albany.

spinifex n. Any of the spiny grasses of the genus Spinifex, chiefly of Australia, often useful for binding sand on the seashore. 2. any species of the genus Triodia, spiny-leaved tussock-forming grasses of inland Australia. [NL spina spine + -fex maker]

From the Macquarie Dictionary, A. Delbridge, JRL. Bernhard, D. Blair, P. Peters and S. Butler, eds, The Macquarie Library, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109, Australia, 2nd ed. 1991.

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