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noun
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.
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Origin of kangaroo rat

First recorded in 1780–90
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British Dictionary definitions for kangaroo rat

kangaroo rat

noun
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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