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noun kan·ga·roo \ˌkaŋ-gə-ˈrü\

Definition of kangaroo

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kangaroos

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of kangaroo

Guugu Yimidhirr (Australian aboriginal language of northern Queensland) gaŋurru


KANGAROO Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of kangaroo for English Language Learners

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


KANGAROO Defined for Kids

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noun kan·ga·roo \ˌkaŋ-gə-ˈrü\

Definition of kangaroo for Students

plural

kangaroos

  1. :  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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