- any of various small and medium-sized kangaroos of the genera Macropus, Thylogale, Petrogale, etc., some of which are no larger than rabbits: several species are endangered.
Origin of wallaby
First recorded in 1790–1800, wallaby is from the Dharuk word wa-la-ba
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A packet of down is attached about his neck which represents a wallaby.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
The Fitzroy wallaby was plentiful, and the Leader shot an emeu.The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine
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- any of various herbivorous marsupials of the genera Lagorchestes (hare wallabies), Petrogale (rock wallabies), Protemnodon, etc, of Australia and New Guinea, similar to but smaller than kangaroos: family Macropodidae
- on the wallaby or on the wallaby track Australian slang (of a person) wandering about looking for work
C19: from native Australian wolabā
- a member of the international Rugby Union football team of Australia
Word Origin and History for wallaby
kind of small kangaroo, 1826, from native Australian wolaba.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper