wal·​la·​by | \ ˈwä-lə-bē How to pronounce wallaby (audio) \
plural wallabies also wallaby

Definition of wallaby

: any of various small or medium-sized kangaroos (especially genus Macropus) — compare rock wallaby

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And, for the first time ever, there’s more than one set of wallabies. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Follow the smell of deep-fried Twinkies. Soon you’ll be at the San Mateo fair," 7 June 2019 One study published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science in 2016 found that the agile wallaby, or Macropus agilis, was suitable to be kept as a pet. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "First pets around the world: Puppies, bunnies -- or beetles," 24 May 2018 In Australia, Kylie Robert studies the reproductive cycle of the tammar wallaby. Babak Tafreshi, National Geographic, "Our nights are getting brighter, and Earth is paying the price," 3 Apr. 2019 Highlights include tender wallaby tartare and stick-to-your-ribs chicken wings smothered in black pepper caramel. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "The Right Way To Ski Mount Buller, Australia’s Winter Playground," 10 Dec. 2018 In the 50-second clip, which has been viewed over 9,700 times on YouTube, the 22-year-old baits the reptile with a wallaby carcass in what’s believed to be a wildlife park near Darwin in the North Territory, as per Newsweek. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Danish tourist slammed by wildlife official for jumping on crocodile," 25 Sep. 2018 But three young red-necked wallabies aren’t quite ready to join their elders. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 An ant colony, a sloth, kangaroos, rabbits, lizards, pigs, crabs, wallabies and monkeys are among the critters American has been asked to transport. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Smells, growls and disputes: AA urges DOT to allow only trained service dogs in airline cabins," 10 July 2018 In certain regions of Australia, wallabies may become part of a family if the animal needs care as a victim of a road accident or dog attack, or as an orphan of such events. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "First pets around the world: Puppies, bunnies -- or beetles," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of wallaby

circa 1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wallaby

Dharuk (Australian aboriginal language of the Port Jackson area) walabi, waliba

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The first known use of wallaby was circa 1798

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English Language Learners Definition of wallaby

: an Australian animal that is like a small kangaroo

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