kangaroo definition

  • noun:
    • some of different herbivorous marsupials regarding the family Macropodidae of Australia and adjacent islands, having brief forelimbs, huge hind limbs adapted for leaping, and an extended tapered end.
    • an associate of a family of large marsupials with strong hind feet for hopping, mainly present in Australian Continent, scientific name macropod.
    • A hooded coat with a front pocket, usually of fleece product, a kangaroo coat.
    • Anyone of various types of leaping marsupials associated with household Macropodidæ. They inhabit Australian Continent, brand new Guinea, and adjacent islands, obtained long and strong hind feet and a sizable end, whilst the fore feet are comparatively short and feeble. The giant kangaroo (Macropus significant) is the biggest types, occasionally getting twelve or fourteen feet altogether size. The tree kangaroos, belonging to the genus Dendrolagus, live-in woods; the stone kangaroos, associated with genus Petrogale, inhabit rugged circumstances; in addition to brush kangaroos, for the genus Halmaturus, inhabit wooded areas. See wallaby.
    • A large marsupial mammal of Australia, Macropus giganteus; by extension, any herbivorous and saltatorial marsupial of the family Macropodidæ (which see for technical characters).
    • a type of chair.
    • An early form of ‘safety’ bicycle which had a large wheel in front and a small one in the rear, the forks being connected by a curved backbone, as in the ordinary ‘high’ bicycle, but with the saddle back of the large wheel.
    • plural In stock-exchange slang, West Australian mining stocks.
    • any of a number of herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having huge powerful hind feet and an extended thick tail
  • verb:
    • to train kangaroo attention on a child; to put on a premature baby resistant to the skin.
    • To hunt kangaroo.
  • others:
    • To leap as a kangaroo, either literally or figuratively.
    • To hunt the kangaroo.
    • To whip with a kangaroo-skin whip-lash.

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