Definitions for kangarooˌkæŋ gəˈru

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

kan•ga•rooˌkæŋ gəˈru(n.)(pl.)-roos; -roo.

  1. any herbivorous leaping marsupial of the family Macropodidae, of Australia and adjacent islands, having short forelimbs, powerful hind legs, and a long, thick tail.

    Category: Mammals

Origin of kangaroo:

1770; < Guugu Yimidhirr (Australian Aboriginal language)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. kangaroo(noun)

    any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. kangaroo(noun)ˌkæŋ gəˈru

    a large Australian animal that hops on its back legs


  1. kangaroo(Noun)

    A member of a family of large marsupials with strong hind legs for hopping, mainly found in Australia, scientific name macropod.

  2. kangaroo(Noun)

    A hooded jacket with a front pocket, usually of fleece material, a kangaroo jacket.

  3. Origin: From gangurru, recorded by James Cook and others in 1770 at Endeavour River; in English, applied to the whole family of macropods, apparently from not realizing the Guugu Yimidhirr word referred to just one species.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kangaroo(noun)

    any one of numerous species of jumping marsupials of the family Macropodidae. They inhabit Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, They have long and strong hind legs and a large tail, while the fore legs are comparatively short and feeble. The giant kangaroo (Macropus major) is the largest species, sometimes becoming twelve or fourteen feet in total length. The tree kangaroos, belonging to the genus Dendrolagus, live in trees; the rock kangaroos, of the genus Petrogale, inhabit rocky situations; and the brush kangaroos, of the genus Halmaturus, inhabit wooded districts. See Wallaby


  1. Kangaroo

    The kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae. In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, especially those of the genus Macropus, red kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo and western grey kangaroo. Kangaroos are endemic to the country of Australia. The smaller macropods are found in Australia and New Guinea. Kangaroos have large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head. Like most marsupials, female kangaroos have a pouch called a marsupium in which joeys complete postnatal development. Larger kangaroos have adapted much better to changes brought to the Australian landscape by humans and though many of their smaller cousins are endangered, they are plentiful. They are not farmed to any extent, but wild kangaroos are shot for meat, leather hides, and to protect grazing land for sheep and cattle. Although there is some controversy, harvesting kangaroo meat has many environmental and health benefits over traditional meats. The kangaroo is an unofficial symbol of Australia, and appears as an emblem on the Australian coat of arms, on some of its currency, and is used by some of Australia's well known organisations, including Qantas and the Royal Australian Air Force. The kangaroo is important to both Australian culture and the national image, and consequently there are numerous popular culture references.

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a type of large Australian animal with very long hind legs and great power of leaping, the female of which carries her young in a pouch on the front of her body.

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