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 Ava gave birth to another baby wallaby in May of 2020 named Pocket. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 18 Mar. 2021 The bone probably belonged to a macropod—a kangaroo, wallaby or related type of marsupial, Australian Broadcasting Company’s Anita Ward reports. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2021 Ava, a wallaby at the Cincinnati Zoo, had a surprise in store: a baby joey inside of her pouch. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 18 Mar. 2021 One image looks like a wallaby hopping away from the camera. Philip Kiefer, Popular Science, 2 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Feb. 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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“Wallaby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallaby. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wallaby

: an Australian animal that is like a small kangaroo

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