kangaroo rat

  1. any of various small jumping rodents of the family Heteromyidae, of Mexico and the western U.S.
  2. an Australian desert rodent of the genus Notomys.

Origin of kangaroo rat

First recorded in 1780–90
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Historical Examples of 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.

  • And why stop at the kangaroo-rat—the first mammal to bring forth its young alive?

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for kangaroo rat

kangaroo rat

  1. 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
  2. Also called: kangaroo mouse any of several leaping murine rodents of the Australian genus Notomys
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