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kangaroo /kæŋgəˈru:/ 

(countable noun) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.

An Australian marsupial between 1 metre and 2 metres in height. Kangaroos have long tails and small front paws, but powerful back legs, which they use to move themselves by jumping. Kangaroos are vegetarian and live in country areas. They eat grass and plants.

Example: The two students who were not born in Australia were amazed to see kangaroos hopping around in their natural environment. ( 


A visitor feeding small kangaroos at a wildlife park near Adelaide

(photo by Julia Miller)