Definition of macropod in English:

macropod

Line breaks: macro|pod
Pronunciation: /ˈmakrə(ʊ)pɒd
 
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noun

Zoology
  • A plant-eating marsupial mammal of an Australasian family that comprises the kangaroos and wallabies.
    • Family Macropodidae: Macropus and other genera
    More example sentences
    • Are you talking about macropods in general like wallabies, the kangaroos as well as the possums or just the Brush-tails in particular?
    • A program in northern NSW is helping to save the endangered rufous bettong, a macropod that plays an important part in forest ecosystems.
    • In macropods regurgitation is more irregular and infrequent and involves much less chewing and has been termed merycism.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Macropodidae (plural), from macro- + Greek pous, pod- 'foot'.

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