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noun, plural wal·la·bies, (especially collectively) wal·la·by.
  1. 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.
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Origin of wallaby

First recorded in 1790–1800, wallaby is from the Dharuk word wa-la-ba
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noun plural -bies or -by
  1. 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
  2. on the wallaby or on the wallaby track Australian slang (of a person) wandering about looking for work
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Word Origin

C19: from native Australian wolabā


noun plural -bies
  1. a member of the international Rugby Union football team of Australia
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Word Origin and History for wallaby


kind of small kangaroo, 1826, from native Australian wolaba.

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