Definition of kangaroo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkæŋɡəˈruː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkæŋɡəˈruː//
(informal roo) (pl. kangaroos, (informal)roos) Wild mammals
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a large Australian animal with a strong tail and back legs, that moves by jumping. The female carries its young in a pocket of skin (called a pouch) on the front of its body. Kangaroos can jump immense distances. See related entries: Wild mammals Word Originlate 18th cent.: the name of a specific kind of kangaroo in an extinct Aboriginal language of North Queensland.
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