Definitions for kangaroo rat
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any of various small jumping rodents of the genus Dipodomys, of Mexico and W North America.
Origin of kangaroo rat:
kangaroo rat, desert rat, Dipodomys phillipsii(noun)
any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexico; largest members of the family Heteromyidae
rat kangaroo, kangaroo rat(noun)
any of several rabbit-sized ratlike Australian kangaroos
Any of many different species of rodent that moves about by hopping.
Kangaroo rats, genus Dipodomys, are small rodents native to North America. The common name derives from their bipedal form. They hop in a manner similar to the much larger kangaroo, although they are not related.
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