Definition of kangaroo
: any of various herbivorous leaping marsupial mammals (family Macropodidae) of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands with a small head, large ears, long powerful hind legs, a long thick tail used as a support and in balancing, and rather small forelegs not used in locomotion
Recent Examples of kangaroo from the Web
This is no ordinary Amish farm, what with camels, kangaroos and giraffes roaming about.
Most plant and animal species share a history with multiple close relatives—kangaroos with wallabies, eagles with hawks, peach trees with cherry trees, and so on.
While Owen made the case that the premolars of Thylacoleo had the same function as the more pointed carnissal shearing teeth of carnivores, Flower thought that the incisors and premolars of Thylacoleo more closely resembled those of rat-kangaroos.
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Origin and Etymology of kangaroo
Guugu Yimidhirr (Australian aboriginal language of northern Queensland) gaŋurru
First Known Use: 1770See Words from the same year
KANGAROO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kangaroo for English Language Learners
: an Australian animal that moves by hopping on its powerful rear legs
KANGAROO Defined for Kids
Definition of kangaroo for Students
: a leaping mammal of Australia and nearby islands that feeds on plants and has long powerful hind legs, a thick tail used as a support in standing or walking, and in the female a pouch on the abdomen in which the young are carried
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