kangaroo

Definitions

  • wolfhound playbowing to kangaroo hound
    wolfhound playbowing to kangaroo hound
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n kangaroo any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Koala bear is not really a bear, but is really related to the kangaroo and the wombat.
    • n kangaroo (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of jumping marsupials of the family Macropodidæ. They inhabit Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, They have long and strong hind legs and a large tail, while the fore legs are comparatively short and feeble. The giant kangaroo (Macropus major) is the largest species, sometimes becoming twelve or fourteen feet in total length. The tree kangaroos, belonging to the genus Dendrolagus, live in trees; the rock kangaroos, of the genus Petrogale, inhabit rocky situations; and the brush kangaroos, of the genus Halmaturus, inhabit wooded districts. See Wallaby.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A baby kangaroo is called a joey
    • n kangaroo A large marsupial mammal of Australia, Macropus giganteus; by extension, any herbivorous and saltatorial marsupial of the family Macropodidæ (which see for technical characters). The great kangaroo, the first Australian species of this large family to become known to Europeans, was discovered by Cook in 1770. The male stands 6 or 7 feet high; the female is a third smaller. The hinder parts of the animal enormously preponderate over the fore parts; the thighs and tail are very muscular, the lower leg and the tail very long. The second and third digits are much reduced, the weight of the body falling chiefly on the fourth and fifth. The fore limbs are very small, used chiefly for prehension, and not in locomotion; during the flying leaps the animal makes, said to be from 10 to 20 and even 30 feet in extent, they are closely clasped to the breast. The head and neck are slender, the ears high. The general color is yellowish brown, darker above and paler below. The front teeth are fitted for nipping herbage; the stomach is long and sacculated; and there is a large cæcum. In their whole structure and economy the kangaroos represent ruminants in the Australian, Austro-Malayan, and Papuan regions. They are gregarious, inoffensive, and timid, but when brought to bay prove formidable antagonists, using the claws of the hind feet with great effect. They are killed by being closed in upon and knocked down with clubs, or driven into ambush and shot like deer. There are many species, 23 of the genus Macropus, 6 of Petrogale, and 3 of the genus Onychogalea, in which the tail ends in a kind of nail. They inhabit not only Australia and Tasmania, but New Guinea, New Ireland, the Aru Islands, and other islands. A large numher of smaller species with naked muzzle, called brush-kangaroos, pademelons, whallabees, etc., constitute the subgenus Halmaturus. The rock-kangaroos form the genus Petrogale. Hare-kangaroos or kangaroo-hares belong to the genus Lagorchestes. (See cut under hare-kangaroo.) A peculiar type of kangaroo, inhabiting New Guinea and Misol, is the genus Dorcopsis. (See cut under Dorcopsis.) Kangaroo-rats, potoroos, or bettongs are small animals constituting the subfamily Hypsiprymninæ.
    • n kangaroo A kind of chair.
    • n kangaroo An early form of ‘safety’ bicycle which had a large wheel in front and a small one in the rear, the forks being connected by a curved backbone, as in the ordinary ‘high’ bicycle, but with the saddle back of the large wheel. It was propelled by treadles connected to cranks on the front axle by connecting-rods. This allowed the weight of the rider to be kept always back of the center of the front wheel.
    • n kangaroo plural In stock-exchange slang, West Australian mining shares.
    • kangaroo To leap as a kangaroo, either literally or figuratively.
    • kangaroo To hunt the kangaroo.
    • kangaroo To whip with a kangaroo-skin whip-lash.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a certain species of kangaroo that is only 2.5 centimetres long when it is born
    • n Kangaroo kang-gar-ōō′ a large marsupial mammal of Australia, with very long hind-legs and great power of leaping
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Idioms

Kangaroo court - When people take the law into their own hands and form courts that are not legal, these are known as kangaroo court.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Said to be the native name

Usage

In literature:

A female kangaroo has a sort of pouch in front, in which she carries her young.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Ain't he the kangaroo though?
"Fred Fenton on the Track" by Allen Chapman
With a kangaroo leap Teddy was upon him, and Chet, snatching the pistol from Billie's hand, pointed it threateningly.
"Billie Bradley at Three Towers Hall" by Janet D. Wheeler
To cross this country in a straight line one would want to be a deer or a bounding kangaroo.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
As a hunting weapon it is of great utility, and many a kangaroo has fallen before it.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
They call her 'The Kangaroo'!
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
I was only looking at Mr Knowles going over to Smith's humpy to look at the new kangaroo pups.
"Tom Gerrard 1904" by Louis Becke
Finally, we must refer to the kangaroo, which carries its young in a special pouch, too well known to need description here.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Kangaroo-hunting is one of the great sports of Victoria, but it was not my fortune to see a hunt of this sort.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
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 next day their kangaroo (for so the animal was called by the natives) was dressed for dinner, and proved most excellent.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
One man constructed from the soil some models of kangaroos and swans.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
Sam Killem, Commanding Officer of the Kangaroo Marines, sat in his Recruiting Office chewing a cigar in the usual Australian style.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
None, perhaps, is more striking than that of the kangaroo.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
That is our kangaroo dog Bruce.
"The Young Berringtons" by W.H.G. Kingston
They were kangaroos, marsupial animals, only met with in Australia, and which had never before seen a European.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Kangaroo was also classed under the head of kid.
"The Story of Leather" by Sara Ware Bassett
Miss Yorke was Colonial born, and could have sat a kangaroo, I should think!
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
There was only one more animal to kill, and that was Tom, the kangaroo.
"Donald and Dorothy" by Mary Mapes Dodge
The gold-buying clerk at the Kangaroo Bank was an immaculately dressed young man with a taste for jewelry.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
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In poetry:

Dwell not with me,
For you'll never see
More than a possum or a kangaroo,
And now and then a cockatoo.
"Dwell not with Me" by Anonymous Oceania
The bounding kangaroo
The bounding kangaroo
And wildly thro' the woody dell
Chase the bounding kangaroo!
"The Only Land For Me (A currency Lad)" by Anonymous Oceania
Farewell Tasmania’s isle!
I bid adieu
The possum and the kangaroo.
Farmers’ Glory! Prisoner’s Hell!
Land of Buggers!
Fare ye well.
"Farewell To Tasmania" by Francis McNamara
A certain old maid at Port Victor
had many strange pets to afflict her,
her Kangaroos fought
with the emu's she caught
and when she protested, they kicked her
"A Protest And A Protest" by John Shaw Neilson
With two loaves of bread then they fed it, instead
Of the flesh of the white Cockatoo,
Which once was its food in that wild neighborhood
Where ranges the sweet Kangaroo,
That too
Is game for the famous Emeu!
"The Ballad Of The Emeu" by Francis Bret Harte
"I'm goin' on to talk of kangaroos,
An' 'ow I used to drive 'em four-in-'and.
'Wot?' sez the Marchioness. 'Them things in zoos
That 'ops about? I've seen then in the Strand
In double 'arness; but I ain't seen four. Tell me some more.'
"A Digger's Tale" by C J Dennis

In news:

Tree kangaroos can jump 50 feet or more to the ground.
(To this day Kotcheff maintains that no kangaroos were killed on...
Lawsuit alleges juveniles being held on parole violations by ' kangaroo court'.
Little Joey (nickname Skippy) is Tennis Camp's kangaroo mascot.
A kangaroo is pictured on the 15th fairway as Jason Dufner of the USA waits to take his second shot during round four of the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on October 21, 2012 in Perth, Australia.
I arrived at News Radio 1290 WNBF a few minutes early today… and because of that, I had an opportunity to meet Boomer, a three-month-old red kangaroo .
Kangaroo Express sent over details about their latest promotion.
Oct 1, 1946 Plane carries kangaroo into town.
Kangaroo Express raises more than $3M to support troops.
Since kangaroos are found only in Australia, you would think the term does in fact come from Down Under.
Fill Up Your Tank and Your Tummy and Salute the Troops at Kangaroo Express.
Kangaroos , native to Australia, new to Academy Boulevard.
Zoo vice president Tracey Gazibara says the zoo doesn't keep kangaroos and isn't missing any of its wallabies.
Kangaroo + Lemur Play in Adorable Video.
Jones was one of ten winners of Kangaroo 's "What would you do with 100 Roo Cups" contest.
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In science:

Kangaroo processes” parameterized by an another probability distribution p(z).
Noise-induced quantum transport
This is in clear contrast to the well-known AbhyankarMoh pathology of the increase of the residual order (cf. ) and the phenomenon of the “Kangaroo” points observed by Hauser (cf. ), and others.
Resolution of singularities of an idealistic filtration in dimension 3 after Benito-Villamayor
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