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 for wombat
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wombat \Wom"bat\, n. [From the native name, womback, wombach, in
     Australia.] (Zool.)
     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.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  wombat
      n 1: burrowing herbivorous Australian marsupials about the size
           of a badger

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  WOMBAT
   /wom'bat/, adj.
  
      [acronym: Waste Of Money, Brains, And Time] Applied to problems which are
      both profoundly uninteresting in themselves and unlikely to benefit
      anyone interesting even if solved. Often used in fanciful constructions
      such as wrestling with a wombat. See also crawling horror, SMOP. Also
      note the rather different usage as a metasyntactic variable in {
      Commonwealth Hackish.
  
      Users of the PDP-11 database program DATATRIEVE adopted the wombat as
      their notional mascot; the program's help file responded to ?HELP WOMBAT?
      with factual information about Real World wombats.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  WOMBAT
  
     Waste Of Money, Brains, And Time.
  
     Problems which are both profoundly uninteresting in
     themselves and unlikely to benefit anyone interesting even if
     solved.  Often used in fanciful constructions such as
     "wrestling with a wombat".
  
     See also crawling horror, SMOP.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-03-10)
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  wombat
  
     1.  A metasyntactic variable in Commonwealth
     Hackish.
  
     2.  wombat.doc.ic.ac.uk.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-03-10)
  

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