kangaroo

[kang-guh-roo]

noun, plural kan·ga·roos, (especially collectively) kan·ga·roo.

any herbivorous marsupial of the family Macropodidae, of Australia and adjacent islands, having a small head, short forelimbs, powerful hind legs used for leaping, and a long, thick tail: several species are threatened or endangered.

Nearby words

  1. kang,
  2. kang-de,
  3. kanga,
  4. kanga pirau,
  5. kangar,
  6. kangaroo care,
  7. kangaroo closure,
  8. kangaroo court,
  9. kangaroo dog,
  10. kangaroo grass

Origin of kangaroo

1760–70; < Guugu Yimidhirr (Australian Aboriginal language spoken around Cooktown, N Queensland) gaŋ-urru large black or gray species of kangaroo

Related formskan·ga·roo·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for kangaroo

kangaroo

noun plural -roos

any large herbivorous marsupial of the genus Macropus and related genera, of Australia and New Guinea, having large powerful hind legs, used for leaping, and a long thick tail: family MacropodidaeSee also rat kangaroo, tree kangaroo
(usually plural) stock exchange an Australian share, esp in mining, land, or a tobacco company

verb -roos, -rooing or -rooed

informal (of a car) to move forward or to cause (a car) to move forward with short sudden jerks, as a result of improper use of the clutch
Derived Formskangaroo-like, adjective

Word Origin for kangaroo

C18: probably from a native Australian language

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Word Origin and History for kangaroo

kangaroo

n.
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