wal·​la·​by ˈwä-lə-bē How to pronounce wallaby (audio)
plural wallabies also wallaby
: any of various small or medium-sized kangaroos (especially genus Macropus) compare rock wallaby

Illustration of wallaby

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web What happens when a wallaby named Rocko from Australia moves to the United States? Stacey Grant, Seventeen, 15 Sep. 2022 The baby wallaby was estimated to be between 5 and 6 months old. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 13 May 2022 The zoo called off the search a week later for the tiny wallaby, which is believed to have been carried off by a predator. Chandra Fleming, Detroit Free Press, 23 May 2022 Four Bennett's wallaby joeys, or baby wallabies, were also born recently. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2022 The Michigan zoo first announced the arrival of the wallaby on Friday, sharing photos of the animal with its mother on social media. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 9 May 2022 The new addition to the zoo was announced Friday morning in a post that said 4-year-old wallaby Sprocket gave birth to her first joey. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 9 May 2022 The quokka -- a type of small wallaby -- doesn't actually hurl its baby toward a predator. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 8 May 2022 Faulk said no wallaby sightings had been reported as of Thursday afternoon. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wallaby was circa 1798

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“Wallaby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallaby. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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wal·​la·​by ˈwäl-ə-bē How to pronounce wallaby (audio)
plural wallabies also wallaby
: any of various small or medium-sized kangaroos

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