noun (plural wallabies)
1An Australasian marsupial that is similar to, but smaller than, a kangaroo.
- Family Macropodidae: several genera and numerous species.
- 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.
on the wallaby (track)
- Australian /NZ informal, dated (Of a person) unemployed and having no fixed address: during the Depression thousands of Australians went on the wallabyMore 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’.
- 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.
- This would encourage them to get on the wallaby when they will surely find a job.
Early 19th century: from Dharuk walabi or waliba.
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