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macropod

Syllabification: mac·ro·pod
Pronunciation: /ˈmakrəˌpäd
 
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Definition of macropod in English:

noun

Zoology
A plant-eating marsupial mammal of an Australasian family that comprises the kangaroos and wallabies.
  • Family Macropodidae: several genera, in particular Macropus
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- 'large' + Greek pous, pod- 'foot'.

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