Kangaroo

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

kangaroo \kan"ga*roo"\, noun [Said to be the native name.] (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of jumping marsupials of the family {Macropodid[ae]}. 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}.

{Kangaroo apple} (Bot.), the edible fruit of the Tasmanian plant {Solanum aviculare}.

{Kangaroo grass} (Bot.), a perennial Australian forage grass ({Anthistiria australis}).

{Kangaroo hare} (Zool.), the jerboa kangaroo. See under {Jerboa}.

{Kangaroo mouse}. (Zool.) See {Jumping mouse}, under {Jumping}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

kangaroo

noun

1: any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail

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