Share this entry

Share this page

wallaroo

Line breaks: wal¦la|roo
Pronunciation: /ˌwɒləˈruː
 
/

Definition of wallaroo in English:

noun

A large stocky kangaroo found in hilly country in Australia.
  • Genus Macropus, family Macropodidae: two species, in particular the common wallaroo (M. robustus)
Example sentences
  • When I was a child I can remember I had kangaroo rats, wallabies, wallaroos, brush wallabies, all different marsupials as pets, and they were really very, very interesting.
  • In Australia ‘kangaroo’ is used as a generic term covering different species of kangaroo, wallaby, and wallaroo of large and medium size.
  • The old shovel then fell apart and the wallaroo turned on Zac, Mrs Sinton's cattle dog.

Origin

early 19th century: from Dharuk walaru.

Definition of wallaroo in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…