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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Examples of kangaroo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just you, your family – and a red or gray kangaroo. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Walk with a kangaroo without visiting Australia, thanks to new Cincinnati Zoo exhibit," 7 Jan. 2020 Take stunning Kangaroo Island, for instance, where kangaroos actually outnumber the human residents. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "The 9 hottest international destinations of the last decade: Croatia, Iceland and beyond," 31 Dec. 2019 Cliff-top retreat in Australia There’s a spot on Kangaroo Island in Australia that boasts more than 260 bird species, along with kangaroos, goats, sheep, sea lions and more — and a small luxury property with panoramic views of the ocean. Danielle Braff, Houston Chronicle, "10 of the world's most beautiful places to unplug," 27 Dec. 2019 There’s a spot on Kangaroo Island in Australia that boasts more than 260 bird species, along with kangaroos, goats, sheep, sea lions and more — and a small luxury property with panoramic views of the ocean. Danielle Braff, Washington Post, "Go phone-free in these 10 stunning accommodations, including pods attached to a mountain," 20 Dec. 2019 The kangaroo was a particular hit, but other animal builds in the kit include a leopard, mouse, boar, monkey—and a mantis shrimp, complete with leg-like swimmerets. Michelle Z. Donahue, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts in 2019," 26 Nov. 2019 They are being treated at the Koala Hospital along with dozens of other animals, including kangaroos and possums that were injured in dog attacks or car accidents — often the collateral damage of creatures searching for a new home after a disaster. New York Times, "Saving the Fire Victims Who Cannot Flee: Australia’s Koalas," 14 Nov. 2019 Nature lovers will appreciate the kangaroo and platypus coins, while there is even a spot for the yowie, a mythical creature said to be similar to a yeti. Jack Guy, CNN, "Meat pies and didgeridoos get their own commemorative coins in Australia," 1 Oct. 2019 All the wild joy and blurred grief that animates Young Thug’s extraordinary discography resides quietly inside this song — a sober ballad about diamonds, kangaroos, life and death. 2. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Best music of 2019: Lana Del Rey sings lullabies about the end of America," 9 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of kangaroo was in 1770

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“Kangaroo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kangaroos. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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.

Source: Investing Answers

kangaroo

noun
How to pronounce kangaroo (audio)

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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