Definition of kangaroo rat in English:

kangaroo rat

noun

  • A seed-eating hopping rodent with large cheek pouches and long hind legs, found from Canada to Mexico.

    Genus Dipodomys, family Heteromyidae: several species

    ‘Her research on the banner-tailed kangaroo rat, a rodent that lives in the desert southwest of the United States, shows evidence of foot-drumming used to communicate territorial ownership.’
    • ‘The kangaroo rat has long hind legs on which it hops - a bit like its Australian namesake in miniature.’
    • ‘Randall and Matocq showed that gopher snakes respond to footdrumming of the banner-tailed kangaroo rat.’
    • ‘The region eventually became the ground for bitter battles as species such as the coastal California gnatcatcher and the Stephens' kangaroo rat threatened to halt big-ticket development plans.’
    • ‘Because many desert rodents that footdrum, such as kangaroo rats, inhabit open habitats and tend to forage in areas with little cover, locomotion for escape is well developed.’

Pronunciation

kangaroo rat

/ˈˌkaNGɡəˈro͞o ˌrat/ /ˈˌkæŋɡəˈru ˌræt/