Definition of kangaroo rat in English:

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kangaroo rat

noun

A seed-eating hopping rodent with large cheek pouches and long hind legs, found from Canada to Mexico.
  • Genus Dipodomys, family Heteromyidae: several species.
Example sentences
  • Her research on the banner-tailed kangaroo rat, a rodent that lives in the desert southwest of the United States, shows evidence of foot-drumming used to communicate territorial ownership.
  • The kangaroo rat has long hind legs on which it hops - a bit like its Australian namesake in miniature.
  • Randall and Matocq showed that gopher snakes respond to footdrumming of the banner-tailed kangaroo rat.

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Syllabification: kan·ga·roo rat

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