Definitions for wallarooˌwɒl əˈru
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
wal•la•rooˌwɒl əˈru(n.)(pl.)-roos; -roo.
a large reddish kangaroo, Macropus robustus, of rocky areas.
Ref: Also called euro. 1
Origin of wallaroo:
1820–30; < Dharuk wa-la-ru
Any of three closely related species of moderately large macropods, intermediate in size between the kangaroos and the wallabies.
The common wallaroo, Macropus robustus; the most common and widely spread species of the three.
Origin: From walaru.
any one of several species of kangaroos of the genus Macropus, especially M. robustus, sometimes called the great wallaroo
A wallaroo is any of three closely related species of moderately large macropod, intermediate in size between the kangaroos and the wallabies. The word "wallaroo" is a portmanteau of "wallaby" and "kangaroo". The term is not generally used by Australians. In general, a large, slim-bodied macropod of the open plains is called a "kangaroo"; a small to medium-sized one, particularly if it is relatively thick-set, is a "wallaby": most wallaroos are only a little smaller than a kangaroo, fairly thickset, and are found in open country. All share a particular habit of stance: wrists raised, elbows tucked close into the body, and shoulders thrown back, and all have a large, black-skinned rhinarium. The Common wallaroo is the best-known species. There are four subspecies of the Common wallaroo: the Eastern Wallaroo and the Euro, which are both widespread, and two of more restricted range, one from Barrow Island, the other from the Kimberley. The Black Wallaroo occupies an area of steep, rocky ground in Arnhem Land. At around 60 to 70 cm in length it is the smallest wallaroo and the most heavily built. Males weigh 19 to 22 kg, females about 13 kg. Because it is very wary and is found only in a small area of remote and very rugged country, it is little known.
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