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 Authorities believe the man had the kangaroo as a pet, police added. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 Last week, Powell shared another fun moment with his daughter as the two enjoyed a kangaroo sighting. Georgia Slater, Peoplemag, 30 Aug. 2022 The Thor star made a cheeky post for his wife, sharing a photo of her kissing someone else: a kangaroo. Caitlyn Hitt, PEOPLE.com, 6 July 2022 The menu is diverse with interesting offerings including kangaroo, ostrich, as well as chicken and fish. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 8 May 2022 Beyond bricks-and-mortar stores, Center for a Humane Economy investigators found that some manufacturers of soccer cleats sell their kangaroo models to Californians directly from their websites. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2022 This two-in-one outdoor fun zone is essentially a kangaroo blow-up punching bag that also connects to a water sprinkler. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 20 July 2022 The first episode centers on Rae Harvey, who has formed an incredible bond with Kanku while running a kangaroo sanctuary in Australia. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 10 July 2022 The thylacine looked somewhat like a small wolf with a distinctive striped back, jaws that opened 90 degrees and a pouch on its belly, like a kangaroo’s, for carrying young. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 See More

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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 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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