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Definition of "kangaroo" []

  • Any of various herbivorous marsupials of the family Macropodidae of Australia and adjacent islands, having short forelimbs, large hind limbs adapted for leaping, and a long tapered tail. (noun)
  • Any large herbivorous marsupial of the genus Macropus and related genera, of Australia and New Guinea, having large powerful hind legs, used for leaping, and a long thick tail: family Macropodidae (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An Australian share, esp in mining, land, or a tobacco company (noun)
  • (of a car) to move forward or to cause (a car) to move forward with short sudden jerks, as a result of improper use of the clutch (verb)

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Use "kangaroo" in a sentence
  • "HEMMER: Marion Jones vowing not to answer questions for what she calls a kangaroo court."
  • "And, gentlemen, the natural historians tell us that the kangaroo is the only animal which the Lord ever made that cannot put its tail between its legs."
  • "Is Obama planning on prosecute them in kangaroo courts?"