from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various long-tailed rodents of the genus Dipodomys of arid areas of western North America, with long hind legs adapted for jumping.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of many different species in genus Dipodomys, rodents that move about by hopping.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A jumping rodent of the genus Dipodomys of the family Heteromyidae, which lives in arid regions of Mexico and the western U. S.
- n. An Australian mammal of the genus Notomys.
- n. a small ratlike Australian kangaroo of the genus Potorous, also called the potoroo.
- n. the potoroo.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Australian marsupial of the family Macropodidœ, subfamily Potoroinœ or Hypsiprymninœ, and genus Potorous (or Hypsiprymnus), Æpiprymnus, or Bettongia; a bettong; a potoroo.
- n. An American rodent of the family Saccomyidœ and subfamily Dipodomyinœ, as Dipodomys phillipsi or D. ordi. They resemble jerboas rather than kangaroos, and are common in the southwestern parts of the United States and Mexico. See Dipodomys.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexico; largest members of the family Heteromyidae
- n. any of several rabbit-sized ratlike Australian kangaroos
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The echoes I took to be approaching canyoneers resolve into the scratchy sounds of a kangaroo rat in his nest in the debris jammed around the suspended chockstone above and behind my head.