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ˈwɒl ə biwal·la·by

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wallaby, brush kangaroonoun

    any of various small or medium-sized kangaroos; often brightly colored


  1. wallabynoun

    Any of several species of marsupial; usually smaller and stockier than kangaroos

  2. Etymology: From wolabā, an Australian Aboriginal word from New South Wales.


  1. Wallaby

    A wallaby () is a small or middle-sized macropod native to Australia and New Guinea, with introduced populations in New Zealand, Hawaii, the United Kingdom and other countries. They belong to the same taxonomic family as kangaroos and sometimes the same genus, but kangaroos are specifically categorised into the four largest species of the family. The term "wallaby" is an informal designation generally used for any macropod that is smaller than a kangaroo or a wallaroo that has not been designated otherwise. There are nine species (eight extant and one extinct) of the brush wallaby (genus Notamacropus). Their head and body length is 45 to 105 cm (18 to 41 in) and the tail is 33 to 75 cm (13 to 30 in) long. The 19 known species of rock-wallabies (genus Petrogale) live among rocks, usually near water; two species in this genus are endangered. The two living species of hare-wallabies (genus Lagorchestes; two other species in this genus are extinct) are small animals that have the movements and some of the habits of hares. The three species (two extant and one extinct) of nail-tail wallabies (genus Onychogalea) have one notable feature: a horny spur at the tip of the tail; its function is unknown. The seven species of pademelons or scrub wallabies (genus Thylogale) of New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and Tasmania are small and stocky, with short hind limbs and pointed noses. The swamp wallaby (genus Wallabia) is the only species in its genus. Another wallaby that is monotypic is the quokka or short-tailed scrub wallaby (genus Setonix); this species is now restricted to two offshore islands of Western Australia which are free of introduced predators. The seven species of dorcopsises or forest wallabies (genera Dorcopsis (four species, with a fifth as yet undescribed) and Dorcopsulus (two species)) are all native to the island of New Guinea. One of the brush wallaby species, the dwarf wallaby (Notamacropus dorcopsulus), also native to New Guinea, is the smallest known wallaby species and one of the smallest known macropods. Its length is about 46 cm (18 in) from the nose to the end of the tail, and it weighs about 1.6 kg (3.5 lb).Wallabies are hunted for meat and fur.


  1. wallaby

    A wallaby is a small to medium-sized marsupial that is native to Australia and New Guinea. It is a type of macropod, meaning "large foot", and it's similar to a kangaroo, but typically smaller. Wallabies are herbivores, feeding mostly on grasses and plants, and they are known for their powerful hind legs which they use for hopping and jumping. Most species of wallabies are nocturnal and crepuscular, spending the day resting and becoming more active during the cooler hours of the morning, late afternoon and night.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wallabynoun

    any one of numerous species of kangaroos belonging to the genus Halmaturus, native of Australia and Tasmania, especially the smaller species, as the brush kangaroo (H. Bennettii) and the pademelon (H. thetidis). The wallabies chiefly inhabit the wooded district and bushy plains

  2. Etymology: [From a native name.]


  1. Wallaby

    A wallaby is any of about thirty species of Macropodidae family. It is an informal designation generally used for any macropod that is smaller than a kangaroo or wallaroo that has not been designated otherwise.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wallaby

    wol′ab-i, n. a small kangaroo.—On the wallaby, On the wallaby track, out of employment, a slang Australian phrase derived from the shy habits of the kangaroo.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wallaby in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wallaby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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    The provision of supplementary food is one of the key strategies we are deploying to promote the survival and recovery of endangered species like the brush-tailed rock-wallaby, initial fire assessments indicate the habitat of several important brush-tailed rock-wallaby populations was burnt in the recent bushfires. The wallabies typically survive the fire itself, but are then left stranded with limited natural food as the fire takes out the vegetation around their rocky habitat.

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