- any of various small jumping rodents of the family Heteromyidae, of Mexico and the western U.S.
- an Australian desert rodent of the genus Notomys.
Origin of kangaroo rat
First recorded in 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for kangaroo rat
Only once he darted after a kangaroo-rat, and caught it before it had gone twenty yards.The Bushman
Edward Wilson Landor
Not a vestige of life, not even the horned-toad or the trail of the kangaroo-rat is to be seen.Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania
Jewett Castello Gilson
And why stop at the kangaroo-rat—the first mammal to bring forth its young alive?War Letters of a Public-School Boy
In the Southwest it is called the kangaroo-rat, but North and East it is known as the jumping mouse.On the Trail
Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
- any small leaping rodent of the genus Dipodomys, related to the squirrels and inhabiting desert regions of North America, having a stocky body and very long hind legs and tails: family Heteromyidae
- Also called: kangaroo mouse any of several leaping murine rodents of the Australian genus Notomys
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