kan·​ga·​roo | \ˌkaŋ-gə-ˈrü \
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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The 12-year-old female kangaroo died in a zoo in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province, over a month ago. Chris Buckley, BostonGlobe.com, "China is furious as a kangaroo at a zoo dies after being pelted with rocks," 24 Apr. 2018 On Christmas Day, the country singer gave his wife, Caroline Boyer, two baby kangaroos to add to the family's farm and foundation, Brett's Barn. Jessica Mattern, Country Living, "PETA Criticizes Luke Bryan for Gifting Kangaroos to His Wife At Christmas," 3 Jan. 2018 In Asian Cats exhibit near Panda Trek When: Early mornings are your best bet SAFARI PARK Wallababies Basically junior kangaroos, wallabies roam with their bigger brothers at the Safari Park’s new Walkabout Australia section. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 The kangaroo was gone, except for some rank fur and a bit of backbone. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 Please stop feeding the kangaroos - or risk getting mauled, Australian officials warn tourists » The world's iconic art museums let visitors peruse grand paintings and sculptures, walking in the shoes of some of the greatest artists that ever lived. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Cruise lesser-known corners of the British Isles, bike a scenic segment of the East Coast and more," 8 May 2018 The acting is terrific, the interiors and exteriors are strongly evocative, and this is almost certainly the only Chekhov adaptation to include a close-up of lusty kangaroos. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘The Seagull’ Brings Chekhov’s Doleful Comedy to Cinemas," 4 May 2018 In 2013, Florida Fish and Wildlife officials cited the farm for improperly storing kangaroos after one escaped, then died after being tranquilized and shocked by sheriff's deputies. CBS News, "Wildlife protection board packed with trophy hunters, report says," 16 Mar. 2018 But the culling of kangaroos divides opinion Down Under. The Economist, "The culling of kangaroos divides Australia," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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Financial Definition of kangaroo

What It Is

Kangaroos are slang for Australian stocks.

How It Works

For example, if Company XYZ is an Australian company whose stock trades on the Sydney exchange, it is a kangaroo.

Why It Matters

Kangaroos are a popular feature of the Australian outback, and the animal has come to symbolize members of the Australian financial scene.

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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 \
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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