Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various marsupials of the family Macropodidae of Australia and adjacent islands, resembling kangaroos but generally smaller.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Dharuk walaba.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From wolabā, an Australian Aboriginal word from New South Wales.

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 5, 2008

  • 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

  • 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

Comments

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  • 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

  • Cuteness. And more cuteness.

    August 8, 2008

  • Lay a wallaby baby ball away, Al.

    October 18, 2008