Definition of wallaby
: any of various small or medium-sized kangaroos (especially genus Macropus) — compare rock wallaby
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The zoo has been around since the late 1800s and today -- besides the famous capybaras -- is home to bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, wallabies, emus and sheep.
Hidden on the edge of a cliff in Australia's Blue Mountains, tucked away in the woods, a wallaby has been painstakingly carved into rock.
Each Aboriginal clan envisions these gods in a different form, and the wallaby is common to the Darug people, who lived in these mountains.
Like other marsupials, such as kangaroos or wallabies, koalas continue their post-birth development inside their mothers' pouch.
Most plant and animal species share a history with multiple close relatives—kangaroos with wallabies, eagles with hawks, peach trees with cherry trees, and so on.
Wallaroos are indigenous to Australia and are slightly smaller than a kangaroo and slightly larger than a wallaby.
Reports did not specify which species of wallaby was indulging its green thumb.
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Origin and Etymology of wallaby
Dharuk (Australian aboriginal language of the Port Jackson area) walabi, waliba
First Known Use: circa 1798See Words from the same year
WALLABY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wallaby for English Language Learners
: an Australian animal that is like a small kangaroo
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