Definition of wallaby in English:

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wallaby

Pronunciation: /ˈwäləbē/

noun (plural wallabies)

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An Australasian marsupial that is similar to, but smaller than, a kangaroo.
  • Family Macropodidae: several genera and numerous species, including the agile wallaby (Macropus agilis).
Example sentences
  • And all these animals lived there-big glider possums, pygmy possums, koalas, kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, platypus, just everything in the trees, on the ground and in the creeks.
  • It is also my first chance to see the wonderfully unique wildlife here; kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, pademelons, possums, and various unique birds.
  • So the extension of the term ‘marsupial’ is the set of all marsupials: kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and so on.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Dharuk walabi or waliba.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: wal·la·by

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