Definition of wallaby in English:

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wallaby

Pronunciation: /ˈwɒləbi/

noun (plural wallabies)

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1An Australasian marsupial that is similar to, but smaller than, a kangaroo.
  • Family Macropodidae: several genera and numerous species.
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.

Phrases

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 wallaby
More 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.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Dharuk walabi or waliba.

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