Meaning of kangaroo in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkaŋɡəˈruː/

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  • A large plant-eating marsupial with a long powerful tail and strongly developed hindlimbs that enable it to travel by leaping, found only in Australia and New Guinea.

    Genus Macropus, family Macropodidae: several species

    ‘In the wild, its main food supply consists of small wallabies and kangaroos, birds, lizards and probably frogs and crayfish.’
    • ‘The forelimbs are smaller than the hindlimbs, but the disparity in size is not as great as in kangaroos and wallabies.’
    • ‘Others later compared it to the sound of a kangaroo, or marsupials such as quolls.’
    • ‘I was surrounded by at least a dozen baby kangaroos, wallabies, or koalas all my life.’
    • ‘Officials ask how Australia and the United States would take to being told they couldn't hunt kangaroos or deer.’
    • ‘This laconic roller of his own cigarettes was an authority on Australian marsupials, especially the kangaroos.’
    • ‘This group includes all of the pouched animals, such as oppossums, kangaroos, and Tasmanian devils.’
    • ‘Scientists have already developed working contraceptives for kangaroos.’
    • ‘The jaguar is as much a symbol of Belize as the kangaroo is of Australia.’
    • ‘However, there are no fossils of animals which appear to be intermediate between possums and kangaroos.’
    • ‘It is a fact that we are cousins of gorillas, kangaroos, starfish, and bacteria.’
    • ‘This year's Olympic Games turned the world's eye to the country of koalas and kangaroos.’
    • ‘Thousands of years ago, there were giant kangaroos, huge wombats and six-metre long goannas.’
    • ‘Several of the early timber splitters regularly hunted kangaroos or possums to solve this problem.’
    • ‘The village itself was a bit of a tourist trap but we did get to see some crocs, cuddle a koala, feed some kangaroos, get bitten by a parrot.’
    • ‘He is not even sure of what distinguishes a large wallaby from a small kangaroo.’
    • ‘I had expected to find kangaroos, platypus and the various other marsupials.’
    • ‘Even in rural Australia, however, kangaroos may have been less plentiful in the face of systematic destruction by pastoralists.’
    • ‘It enables such animals as kangaroos to run faster than their muscles alone can take them.’
    • ‘Australia did produce some giant forms such as giant kangaroos, which are now extinct.’


    have kangaroos in the top paddock
    Australian informal
    • Be mad or eccentric.

      • ‘If you were invited to a barbie in the arvo by a guy who had kangaroos in his top paddock, in what country would you be enjoying your afternoon barbecue with your crazy host?’
      • ‘Caressa will continue to collect kangaroos even if people think she's got kangaroos in the top paddock!’
      • ‘If we think the citizens and governments of India and China will forego wealth and a higher standard of living for the good of the world, then we have kangaroos in the top paddock.’


Late 18th century the name of a specific kind of kangaroo in an Aboriginal language of North Queensland.