rock wallaby


: any of various medium-sized kangaroos (genus Petrogale) having a gray or brown coat usually with distinctive markings

Examples of rock wallaby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cruise the Ord River, eyeing fruit bats, short-eared rock wallabies and freshwater crocodiles. Janice Wald Henderson, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 The others – three species of manatee and the pygmy-rock wallaby – are distant relations. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2011 Later, though, the officials found 16 rock wallabies sheltering at a waterfall. Matthew Abbott, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2020 Legend has it that Namondjok and Namarrgon, taking the form of short-eared rock wallabies, passed through the area and cut two crevices in the rock that are visible today. Smithsonian, 7 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rock wallaby was in 1841

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“Rock wallaby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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