kangaroo mouse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kangaroo mouse leaping rodent of Australian desert areas
    • n kangaroo mouse small silky-haired pouched rodent; similar to but smaller than kangaroo rats
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Kangaroo mouse (Zoöl) See Jumping mouse, under Jumping.
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Usage

In literature:

At its birth, the kangaroo (notwithstanding it weighs when full grown 200 pounds) is not so large as a half-grown mouse.
"A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson" by Watkin Tench
The field mouse and rabbits are rodentia, the deer ungulata, the kangaroos marsupialia.
"Concerning Animals and Other Matters" by E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
I think I have heard it called the kangaroo mouse, because of its form and its manner of running, which is in long leaps.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
The kangaroo-rat and kangaroo-mouse, the opossum-mouse, the flying opossum, and some other odd little creatures, inhabit Tasmania.
"Harper's Young People, March 2, 1880" by Various
The Jerboa is a curious, little animal with the body of a mouse and hind legs which resemble those of the kangaroo in appearance.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
The kangaroo rat and the pocket-mouse live in the arid regions of the United States.
"The Adventures of a Grain of Dust" by Hallam Hawksworth
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