red kangaroo


: a large kangaroo (Macropus rufus) of the dry plains of inland Australia with the male having a reddish-brown coat

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The sanctuary has grown from one man’s pipe dream into the most popular tourist destination in Alice Springs over the last 15 years, with the biggest attraction being the opportunity to feed, carry, and care for the tiny red kangaroos alongside the towering former zookeeper. Jonathan Thompson, Travel + Leisure, 19 Feb. 2023 Pentapedal locomotion in the red kangaroo. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 8 Oct. 2015 From the Tasmanian devil to the short-beaked echidna to the red kangaroo, Australia is home to an incredible array of native mammals—and this storied continent is no stranger to fascinating avifauna either. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 The female red kangaroo can mate and become pregnant again during this time, but the new embryo will grow no larger than a clump of 70 to 100 cells. Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2012 The kids enjoyed seeing such animals as a red kangaroo and a sloth — and the children took a camel ride. Maureen Mackey, Fox News, 10 July 2022 Keepers at New York City's Bronx Zoo decided to hand-rear the red kangaroo joey, originally from the Nashville Zoo, after Troody's mother rejected her. Kelli Bender,, 8 Oct. 2021 The baby kangaroo is an excellent addition for the Bronx Zoo keepers that helped care for Dave, the Bronx Zoo's red kangaroo ambassador. Kelli Bender,, 8 Oct. 2021 Troody is set up to become the next red kangaroo ambassador at the Bronx Zoo. Kelli Bender,, 8 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red kangaroo was in 1820

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“Red kangaroo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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