Definition of kangaroo in English:

kangaroo

Line breaks: kan¦ga|roo
Pronunciation: /ˌkaŋgəˈruː
 
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noun

  • A large plant-eating marsupial with a long powerful tail and strongly developed hindlimbs that enable it to travel by leaping, found only in Australia and New Guinea.
    • Genus Macropus, family Macropodidae: several species
    More example sentences
    • In the wild, its main food supply consists of small wallabies and kangaroos, birds, lizards and probably frogs and crayfish.
    • The forelimbs are smaller than the hindlimbs, but the disparity in size is not as great as in kangaroos and wallabies.
    • Others later compared it to the sound of a kangaroo, or marsupials such as quolls.

Phrases

have kangaroos in the (or one's) top paddock

Australian informal Be mad or eccentric.
More example sentences
  • If you were invited to a barbie in the arvo by a guy who had kangaroos in his top paddock, in what country would you be enjoying your afternoon barbecue with your crazy host?
  • Caressa will continue to collect kangaroos even if people think she's got kangaroos in the top paddock!
  • If we think the citizens and governments of India and China will forego wealth and a higher standard of living for the good of the world, then we have kangaroos in the top paddock.

Origin

late 18th century: the name of a specific kind of kangaroo in an extinct Aboriginal language of North Queensland.

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