Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various marsupials of the genus Wallabia and related genera, of Australia and adjacent islands, related to the kangaroos but generally smaller and often having a colorful coat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of marsupial; usually smaller and stockier than kangaroos

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of kangaroos belonging to the genus Halmaturus, native of Australia and Tasmania, especially the smaller species, as the brush kangaroo (Halmaturus Bennettii) and the pademelon (Halmaturus thetidis). The wallabies chiefly inhabit the wooded district and bushy plains.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general native name of the smaller kangaroos of Australia, especially those of the genera Halmaturus and Petrogale; a rock-kangaroo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various small or medium-sized kangaroos; often brightly colored

Etymologies

Dharuk walaba.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From wolabā, an Australian Aboriginal word from New South Wales. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A unique antimicrobial has been discovered in wallaby milk that could be used in hospitals to fight deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    April 20th, 2006

  • But the wallaby is a kangaroo, it's just a different size of kangaroo.

    CNN Transcript Jan 1, 2008

  • The wallaby is a smaller kind of kangaroo which is also hunted.

    Town Life in Australia

  • There is also a small kind of kangaroo, called the wallaby, which, though I have not hunted, I have eaten.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World

  • Until this very moment I thought a wallaby was a kind of shoe, so you need to help me out.

    NPR Topics: News

  • The wallaby is a favourite food of the Tasmanian devil, yet the speed of this fellow's appearance has surprised even Mr King.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • The toys that Grooms remembers best from his childhood were a clawless hammer he wouldn't be without and a "wallaby," a play car that was steered with the feet and powered by pumping a

    Stories: Local News

  • One correction, the wildlife manager says there hasn't been a documented sighting since 1990, but the Honolulu Advertiser noted a wandering wallaby in 2002.

    Kalihi Wallabies

  • On reading your pages we promptly were greeted with something a wallaby might have excreted:

    SPECIAL CONTEST ACTIVITY

  • Good news for Guadelupe fur seal, Bahian tree rat and bridled nailtail wallaby – but survey warns rate of extinctions still accelerating• One in five plant species face extinction•'Lost 'amphibian species rediscovered

    This seal was declared extinct in 1892. So what is it doing alive and well today?

Comments

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  • Lay a wallaby baby ball away, Al.

    October 18, 2008

  • Cuteness. And more cuteness.

    August 8, 2008

  • OED: A kangaroo belonging to any of the small species of the genus Macropus. All the species are confined to Australia and the neighbouring islands.

    Me: Wallaby cute! They're pretty nifty creatures and really love orange-flavored mineral water.

    February 7, 2007