kangaroo

noun
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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The 5-year-old kangaroo, named Storm, somehow escaped from an animal sanctuary in Jupiter Farms, The Palm Beach Post reported. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Kangaroo bolts from South Florida sanctuary, on the loose," 25 Sep. 2018 Although the match was played in the exclusive inner suburb of Deakin, kangaroos can be found almost anywhere in Canberra, the national capital. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Kangaroo stops play during Australian women’s soccer match," 26 June 2018 So the zoo gave the four-month-old Joey a little stuffed kangaroo to play with, and now the two are inseparable. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "This Orphaned Baby Possum's Best Friend Is a Stuffed Toy Kangaroo," 9 Oct. 2015 Floridians received a surprise on Tuesday when a kangaroo was spotted hopping the streets of Palm Beach County. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Kangaroo bolts from South Florida sanctuary, on the loose," 25 Sep. 2018 Although the match was played in the exclusive inner suburb of Deakin, kangaroos can be found almost anywhere in Canberra, the national capital. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Kangaroo stops play during Australian women’s soccer match," 26 June 2018 Although the match was played in the exclusive inner suburb of Deakin, kangaroos can be found almost anywhere in Canberra, the national capital. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Kangaroo stops play during Australian women’s soccer match," 26 June 2018 Although the match was played in the exclusive inner suburb of Deakin, kangaroos can be found almost anywhere in Canberra, the national capital. Rod Mcguirk, chicagotribune.com, "Kangaroo stops play during Australian women's soccer match," 25 June 2018 Although the match was played in the exclusive inner suburb of Deakin, kangaroos can be found almost anywhere in Canberra, the national capital. Rod Mcguirk, BostonGlobe.com, "Kangaroo stops play during Australian women’s soccer match," 25 June 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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kangaroo

noun

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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kangaroo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kangaroo

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

kangaroo

noun
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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