kan·​ga·​roo | \ ˌkaŋ-gə-ˈrü How to pronounce kangaroo (audio) \
plural kangaroos

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

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Examples of kangaroo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The kangaroo is owned by a Franklin resident, according to Police Chief Rick Oliva. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A kangaroo had to be captured after it got loose from a yard in Franklin," 9 June 2020 In fact, there is no state law requiring a permit to own a kangaroo. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A kangaroo had to be captured after it got loose from a yard in Franklin," 9 June 2020 The experience begins with the viewing of animals ranging from kangaroos, camels, emus, llamas, yaks, sheep, goats and more. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "With Florence Y'alls sidelined, UC Health Stadium welcomes drive-thru animal farm," 15 May 2020 One&Only’s coloring books are inspired by its resorts in Australia’s Wolgan Valley (images include wombats, kangaroos) and in Los Cabos, Mexico (sea turtles, sharks). Sarah Firshein, New York Times, "Color the World," 30 Apr. 2020 The shirt features an illustration by local artist Loren Long featuring Fiona the hippo sharing a hug with a koala and a kangaroo. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "T-shirt raises funds to help Fiona's friends in Australia," 17 Jan. 2020 That leaves nine survivors, some quite talented, dressed as a kangaroo, banana, turtle and such. Mike Hughes, Cincinnati.com, "Best things to watch on TV this week: March 29-April 4," 29 Mar. 2020 The kangaroo, named Abi, was rescued — 12 years ago. Washington Post, "Hoaxers are using the Australia wildfires to spread misinformation — sometimes for profit," 9 Jan. 2020 In San Antonio, Texas, the city’s zoo has launched live streams of tree kangaroos lounging on tree branches and moon jellyfish floating in their fluorescent tanks. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "The Bronx Zoo Is Also Empty, but the Animals Don’t Mind," 3 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of kangaroo

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kangaroo

Guugu Yimidhirr (Australian aboriginal language of northern Queensland) gaŋurru

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“Kangaroo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kangaroo. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kangaroo

: an Australian animal that moves by hopping on its powerful rear legs


kan·​ga·​roo | \ ˌkaŋ-gə-ˈrü How to pronounce kangaroo (audio) \
plural kangaroos

Kids Definition of kangaroo

: 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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