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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Recent Examples on the Web Fortunately, wallaby embryos progress through development on a predictable trajectory, enabling researchers to calculate their age, almost to the day, based on size alone. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Swamp Wallabies Can Get Pregnant While Pregnant," 2 Mar. 2020 In some cases, those few extra days could be a female wallaby’s only chance to couple up. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Swamp Wallabies Can Get Pregnant While Pregnant," 2 Mar. 2020 Over the last week, Australia’s National Park staff have air-dropped thousands of pounds of vegetables to vulnerable rock-wallaby colonies affected by bushfires in New South Wales. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Australia’s National Park Staff Is Now Air-Dropping Food to Wallabies," 14 Jan. 2020 Stop and visit Kuranda Village for wildlife, shopping, dining, and a chance to hand-feed wallabies and kangaroos at Kuranda Koala Gardens. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Travel in April," 12 Feb. 2020 The Zoo The staff heads to Manhattan to rescue a wallaby living in an apartment in the first of two new episodes. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Saturday plus Sunday Talk Shows: ‘Downton Abbey’," 8 May 2020 Recently, in 2019, a wallaby was found wandering around a neighborhood in Dallas. Meagan Hurley, Dallas News, "‘Tiger King’ reminds us of Dallas’ past experiences with exotic animals," 26 Mar. 2020 Pregnant swamp wallabies always have another viable embryo ready while a fetus develops. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 27 Apr. 2020 Point Leo Estate, a winery and sculpture park, is also on the itinerary, along with a stop in the seaside town of Flinders and a walkthrough of Moonlit Sanctuary in Pearcedale, home to koalas, wallabies, and other native animals. Keira Alexander, Travel + Leisure, "Take a Virtual Trip to Victoria, Australia and Explore Its Stunning Landscapes, Fascinating Museums, and Adorable Wildlife," 13 Apr. 2020

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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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27 Sep 2020

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“Wallaby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallaby. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wallaby

: an Australian animal that is like a small kangaroo

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