Definition of potoroo in English:

potoroo

Line breaks: poto|roo
Pronunciation: /ˌpɒtəˈruː
 
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noun

  • A small nocturnal rat-kangaroo with long hindlimbs and typically a hopping gait, native to Australia.
    • Genus Potorous, family Potoroidae: three species
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    • At the other end of the scale from the six large types mentioned above are the rat/rabbit-sized bettongs, potoroos and rat-kangaroos.
    • Thousands of rare Australian animals, such as endangered numbats and long-nosed potoroos, face a precarious future as a company set up to ensure their survival faces extinction itself.
    • It seems likely that either the cessation of Aboriginal burning - done to attract game species and clear the land - or the arrival of cats caused the extinction of the broad-faced potoroo.

Origin

late 18th century: probably from Dharuk badaru.

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