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kangaroo

Definition:

any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plurals:

kangaroo* | kangaroos
(* kangaroo may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

roo [Australia, informal]

Etymology:

Guugu Yimidhirr gangurru, recorded by James Cook and others in 1770 at Endeavour...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Kangaroo

a marsupial from the family Macropodidae. In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, especially those of the genus Macropus, red kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo and western grey kangaroo. ... (38 of 5919 words, pronunciation, 15 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Kangaroo

Kangaroo (disambiguation)

a large marsupial which is endemic to Australia. Kangaroo may also refer to: The Kangaroo, a Cessna aircraft flown by Eddie August Schneider | Blackburn Kangaroo, a British World War I heavy bomber | Kangaroo Route, a term for commercial flights... (39 of 649 words, 40 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Kangaroo (disambiguation)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

kangaroo [marsupial] | Aquila audax [species] | Dendrolagus [genus]

any of six large species of Australian marsupials noted for hopping and bouncing on their hind legs. The term kangaroo, most specifically used, refers ... (24 of 765 words, 6 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/311040​/kangaroo

Wiktionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural] | kangarooed [past tense] | kangarooing [present participle] | macropod [synonym, sense-specific] | bunny hug [synonym, sense-specific] | hoodie [synonym, sense-specific] | kangaroo jacket [synonym, sense-specific]

A member of the Macropodidae family of large marsupials with strong hind legs for hopping, native to Australia. | [Canadian, attributive] A hooded jacket with a front pocket, usually of fleece material, a kangaroo jacket. | To practice kangaroo care on... (39 of 176 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/kangaroo

Merriam-Webster:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural]

any of various herbivorous leaping marsupial mammals (family Macropodidae) of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands with a small head, large ... (21 of 80 words, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/kangaroo

Collins Dictionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural] | kangaroo-like [adjective, derived]

any large herbivorous marsupial of the genus "Macropus" and related genera, ... | [plural, stock exchange] an Australian share, especially in mining, ... (21 of 496 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/kangaroo

Columbia Encyclopedia:

kangaroo | pademelon | wallaby | wallaroo

name for a variety of hopping marsupials, or pouched mammals, of the family Macropodidae, found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. The term is ... (24 of 237 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0826996​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural]

Any of various herbivorous marsupials of the family Macropodidae of Australia and adjacent islands, having short forelimbs, large hind limbs adapted ... (21 of 192 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/kangaroo

Oxford Dictionary:

kangaroo | one's | have kangaroos in the top paddock

a large plant-eating marsupial with a long powerful tail and strongly ... | "have kangaroos in the top paddock" [Australian, informal] : be mad or ... (24 of 102 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/kangaroo

New World Dictionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural]

any of various leaping, plant-eating marsupials (family Macropodidae) native to Australia and neighboring islands, with short forelegs, strong, large ... (19 of 57 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/kangaroo

Macmillan British Dictionary:

kangaroo [countable] | kangaroos [plural]

a large Australian animal that moves by jumping, has strong back legs, and carries its baby in a pouch (=pocket on the front of its body) (26 of 51 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/kangaroo

Random House Dictionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural] | 'roo [Australian, informal] | 'roos [Australian, informal, plural]

any herbivorous marsupial of the family Macropodidae, of Australia and adjacent islands, having a small head, short forelimbs, powerful hind legs used ... (22 of 45 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/kangaroo

Cambridge Dictionary:

kangaroo [specialized] | kangaroos [plural]

a large Australian mammal with a long stiff tail, short front legs and long powerful back legs on which it moves by jumping (23 of 33 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/kangaroo

Encarta Dictionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural] | Macropodidae [member of]

a large leaping marsupial with powerful hind legs, short forelegs, and a long tail. Native to: Australia, New Guinea. Family Macropodidae. (21 of 41 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861623650​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural] | kangarooed [past tense] | kangarooing [present participle]

Origin: Guugu Yimidhirr gangurru, recorded by James Cook and others in 1770 at Endeavour River; in English, applied to the whole family of macropods, apparently from not realizing the Guugu Yimidhirr word referred to just one species.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/kangaroo

Oxford Dictionary:

kangaroo | one's

First use: late 18th century

Origin: the name of a specific kind of kangaroo in an extinct Aboriginal language of North Queensland

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/kangaroo

New World Dictionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural]

Origin: said (by James "Cook") to be native Australian name in Queensland

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/kangaroo

Merriam-Webster:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural]

First use: 1770

Origin: Guugu Yimidhirr (Australian aboriginal language of northern Queensland) gaŋurru

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/kangaroo

Collins Dictionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural]

First use: 18th century

Origin: probably from a native Australian language

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/kangaroo

American Heritage Dictionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural]

Origin: Guugu Yimidhirr (Aboriginal language of northeast Australia) gaᶇurru.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/kangaroo

Audio references

Wiktionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural] | kangarooed [past tense] | kangarooing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "kangaroo"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/kangaroo

Collins Dictionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "kangaroo"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/kangaroo

Macmillan British Dictionary:

kangaroo [countable] | kangaroos [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "kangaroo"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/kangaroo

Macmillan American Dictionary:

kangaroo [countable] | kangaroos [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "kangaroo"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/kangaroo

Cambridge Dictionary:

kangaroo [specialized] | kangaroos [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "kangaroo"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "kangaroo"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/kangaroo

the Free Dictionary:

kangaroo

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "kangaroo"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "kangaroo"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "kangaroo" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/kangaroo

Google Dictionary:

kangaroo | kangaroos [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "kangaroo"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=kangaroo

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

kangaroo

Audio: North American pronunciation of "kangaroo"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=kangar​01 word=kangaroo

YourDictionary Audio:

kangaroo

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "kangaroo" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/kangaroo

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