from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various herbivorous marsupials of the family Macropodidae of Australia and adjacent islands, having short forelimbs, large hind limbs adapted for leaping, and a long tapered tail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of a family of large marsupials with strong hind legs for hopping, mainly found in Australia, scientific name macropod.
- n. A hooded jacket with a front pocket, usually of fleece material, a kangaroo jacket.
- v. To practice kangaroo care on an infant; to hold a premature infant against the skin.
- v. To hunt kangaroo.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large marsupial mammal of Australia, Macropus giganteus; by extension, any herbivorous and saltatorial marsupial of the family Macropodidæ (which see for technical characters).
- n. A kind of chair.
- n. 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.
- n. plural In stock-exchange slang, West Australian mining shares.
- To leap as a kangaroo, either literally or figuratively.
- To hunt the kangaroo.
- To whip with a kangaroo-skin whip-lash.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail
Guugu Yimidhirr (Aboriginal language of northeast Australia) gaŋurru.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From 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. (Wiktionary)