kangaroo

noun kan·ga·roo \ ˌkaŋ-gə-ˈrü \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of kangaroo

plural kangaroos
: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


Financial Definition of KANGAROO

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.


KANGAROO Defined for English Language Learners

kangaroo

noun

Definition of kangaroo for English Language Learners

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


KANGAROO Defined for Kids

kangaroo

noun kan·ga·roo \ ˌkaŋ-gə-ˈrü \

Definition of kangaroo for Students

plural kangaroos
: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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