joey

noun
jo·ey | \ ˈjō-ē \

Definition of joey 

Australia

: a baby animal especially : a baby kangaroo

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But the new quoll joeys indicate that despite its setbacks, the rewilding program has been a success. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Endangered Eastern Quolls Are Born on Mainland Australia for the First Time in 50 Years," 10 July 2018 Last year, the thylacine’s genome was successfully sequenced from a tiny, wrinkled joey, preserved in alcohol for decades. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 Josephine's usually recives between two to five joeys a week. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Why Rescued Kangaroo Joeys Need Handmade Pouches," 13 June 2018 Sydney and Radar, his two adult male kangaroos, stand 6 feet tall upright, while the smallest joeys, Hannah and Lucy, named for her red fur like Lucille Ball’s hair, weigh less than 10 pounds each. Liz Teitz, The Seattle Times, "Texan finds good-fence challenges in raising kangaroos," 28 Jan. 2018 Three decades ago, that milk would likely have been from a cow, causing diarrhea and other stomach problems in the joey, as baby koalas are known. Serena Solomon, New York Times, "Saving Koalas, and Other Marsupials, With Milk Almost as Good as Mom’s," 24 Feb. 2018 But fair warning — in some cases, these packs can make their wearers look like marsupial moms carrying their little joeys to term. Julie Ma, The Cut, "10 Times Celebrities Wore Fanny Packs," 22 Feb. 2018 Koala moms package the bacteria that allow them to digest tough and toxic eucalyptus leaves into a special kind of poop called pap for their joeys to ingest. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Wasp That Paints Its Nursery In Bacteria," 12 Dec. 2017 If kept in womb-like conditions, older joeys have a strong chance for survival. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "See a Baby Kangaroo Rescued From Dead Mother's Pouch," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of joey

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for joey

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joey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of joey

: a baby kangaroo

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