wal·​la·​roo | \ ˌwä-lə-ˈrü How to pronounce wallaroo (audio) \
plural wallaroos

Definition of wallaroo

1 : a large reddish-gray kangaroo (Macropus robustus)

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2 : either of two kangaroos (Macropus antelopinus and M. bernardus) related to the wallaroo

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Wallaroos are indeed a kind of kangaroo. That term in its broadest usage refers to any member of the family Macropodidae - which comprises more than 50 species. More specifically, though, "kangaroo" refers to the eastern gray kangaroo, the western gray kangaroo, the red kangaroo, and to the three animals known also as "wallaroos." Like the animals to which they refer, the words "wallaroo" and "kangaroo" are native to Australia. "Wallaroo" is from Dharuk, an Australian aboriginal language of the Port Jackson area; "kangaroo" is from Guugu Yimidhirr, an Australian aboriginal language of northern Queensland. Also from Dharuk is the word wallaby, which refers to small or medium-sized kangaroos, especially those of the genus Macropus.

Examples of wallaroo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An orphaned baby wallaroo is getting round-the-clock care at the Oakland Zoo after his mum died from an infection. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, 15 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of wallaroo

circa 1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wallaroo

Dharuk (Australian aboriginal language of the Port Jackson area) walaru

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“Wallaroo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallaroo. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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