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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Recent Examples on the Web There’s a kangaroo encounter where kids get up close with small examples of the species. al, 23 May 2021 In the cute shot, Grace seems completely focused on one particular kangaroo who went right up to the pair. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 14 July 2021 The park has a baby animal nursery, amusement park rides, big cat exhibits and a kangaroo walkabout. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 India and Australia, regional rivals of China, are also present, as an elephant and kangaroo. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 17 June 2021 Over the years, the occasional public sighting of what people think is a lion (that would be Milwaukee in 2015) or the escape of a kangaroo (Franklin last June) captures the public attention. Rachel Ryan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2021 An airline’s livery is the core of its brand identity, with colors and icons that define a carrier’s image for years, or even decades – such as Qantas’s kangaroo, Lufthansa’s crane, or the oryx that graces the tails of Qatar Airways’ jets. Eric Rosen, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 The bone probably belonged to a macropod—a kangaroo, wallaby or related type of marsupial, Australian Broadcasting Company’s Anita Ward reports. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2021 Ecologists say the kangaroo industry is the world’s most sustainable and ethical meat trade. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021

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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 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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