Definitions for kangaroo rat

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

kangaroo′ rat`(n.)

  1. any of various small jumping rodents of the genus Dipodomys, of Mexico and W North America.

    Category: Mammals

Origin of kangaroo rat:

1780–90

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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

  2. rat kangaroo, kangaroo rat(noun)

    any of several rabbit-sized ratlike Australian kangaroos

Wiktionary

  1. kangaroo rat(Noun)

    Any of many different species of rodent that moves about by hopping.

Freebase

  1. Kangaroo rat

    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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