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wallaby

Line breaks: wal|laby
Pronunciation: /ˈwɒləbi
 
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Definition of wallaby in English:

noun (plural wallabies)

1An Australasian marsupial that is similar to, but smaller than, a kangaroo.
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.
1.1 (the Wallabies) informal The Australian international rugby union team.
Example sentences
  • Wallabies fly-half Stephen Larkham has claimed Argentina will do "whatever it takes" to win the game on 10 October.

Origin

early 19th century: from Dharuk walabi or waliba.

Phrases

on the wallaby (track)

1
Australian /NZ informal , dated (Of a person) unemployed and having no fixed address.
Example sentences
  • Swagmen and swagwomen tramped the country roads alone or in pairs in search of seasonal work, a situation referred to as ‘on the wallaby’.
  • In Australian English, if you're on the wallaby track, you are unemployed.
  • With the world rushing towards the Great Depression many old Diggers found themselves out of work, out of luck and out on the wallaby track.

Words that rhyme with wallaby

Willoughby • wannabe

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