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kan·ga·roo

 (kăng′gə-ro͞o′)
n. pl. kangaroo or kan·ga·roos
Any of various large herbivorous marsupials of the family Macropodidae of Australia and adjacent islands, having short forelimbs, large hind limbs used for leaping, and a long tapered tail.

[Guugu Yimidhirr (Pama-Nyungan language of northeast Australia) gaŋurru.]
Word History: A widely held belief has it that the word kangaroo comes from an Australian Aboriginal word meaning "I don't know." This is in fact untrue. The word was first recorded in 1770 by Captain James Cook, when he landed to make repairs along the northeast coast of Australia. In 1820, one Captain Phillip K. King recorded a different word for the animal, written "mee-nuah." As a result, it was assumed that Captain Cook had been mistaken, and the myth grew up that what he had heard was a word meaning "I don't know" (presumably as the answer to a question in English that had not been understood). Recent linguistic fieldwork, however, has confirmed the existence of a word gangurru in the northeast Aboriginal language of Guugu Yimidhirr, referring to a species of kangaroo. What Captain King heard may have been their word minha, meaning "edible animal."

kangaroo

(ˌkæŋɡəˈruː)
n, pl -roos
1. (Animals) 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. See also rat kangaroo, tree kangaroo
2. (Stock Exchange) (usually plural) stock exchange an Australian share, esp in mining, land, or a tobacco company
vb, -roos, -rooing or -rooed
(Automotive Engineering) informal (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
[C18: probably from a native Australian language]
ˌkangaˈroo-ˌlike adj

kan•ga•roo

(ˌkæŋ gəˈru)

n., pl. -roos, (esp. collectively) -roo.
any herbivorous leaping marsupial of the family Macropodidae, of Australia and adjacent islands, having short forelimbs, powerful hind legs, and a long, thick tail.
[1770; < Guugu Yimidhirr (Australian Aboriginal language)]
kan`ga•roo′like`, adj.

kan·ga·roo

(kăng′gə-ro͞o′)
Any of various plant-eating marsupials of Australia and nearby islands having short forelimbs, large hind limbs adapted for leaping, and a long tapered tail. Female kangaroos have pouches in which their young, born tiny, blind, and hairless, are suckled and grow.

kangaroo


Past participle: kangarooed
Gerund: kangarooing

Imperative
kangaroo
kangaroo
Present
I kangaroo
you kangaroo
he/she/it kangaroos
we kangaroo
you kangaroo
they kangaroo
Preterite
I kangarooed
you kangarooed
he/she/it kangarooed
we kangarooed
you kangarooed
they kangarooed
Present Continuous
I am kangarooing
you are kangarooing
he/she/it is kangarooing
we are kangarooing
you are kangarooing
they are kangarooing
Present Perfect
I have kangarooed
you have kangarooed
he/she/it has kangarooed
we have kangarooed
you have kangarooed
they have kangarooed
Past Continuous
I was kangarooing
you were kangarooing
he/she/it was kangarooing
we were kangarooing
you were kangarooing
they were kangarooing
Past Perfect
I had kangarooed
you had kangarooed
he/she/it had kangarooed
we had kangarooed
you had kangarooed
they had kangarooed
Future
I will kangaroo
you will kangaroo
he/she/it will kangaroo
we will kangaroo
you will kangaroo
they will kangaroo
Future Perfect
I will have kangarooed
you will have kangarooed
he/she/it will have kangarooed
we will have kangarooed
you will have kangarooed
they will have kangarooed
Future Continuous
I will be kangarooing
you will be kangarooing
he/she/it will be kangarooing
we will be kangarooing
you will be kangarooing
they will be kangarooing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been kangarooing
you have been kangarooing
he/she/it has been kangarooing
we have been kangarooing
you have been kangarooing
they have been kangarooing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been kangarooing
you will have been kangarooing
he/she/it will have been kangarooing
we will have been kangarooing
you will have been kangarooing
they will have been kangarooing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been kangarooing
you had been kangarooing
he/she/it had been kangarooing
we had been kangarooing
you had been kangarooing
they had been kangarooing
Conditional
I would kangaroo
you would kangaroo
he/she/it would kangaroo
we would kangaroo
you would kangaroo
they would kangaroo
Past Conditional
I would have kangarooed
you would have kangarooed
he/she/it would have kangarooed
we would have kangarooed
you would have kangarooed
they would have kangarooed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kangaroo - any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tailkangaroo - any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail
marsupial, pouched mammal - mammals of which the females have a pouch (the marsupium) containing the teats where the young are fed and carried
family Macropodidae, Macropodidae - kangaroos; wallabies
giant kangaroo, great grey kangaroo, Macropus giganteus - very large greyish-brown Australian kangaroo formerly abundant in open wooded areas
brush kangaroo, wallaby - any of various small or medium-sized kangaroos; often brightly colored
Hypsiprymnodon moschatus, musk kangaroo - small kangaroo of northeastern Australia
rat kangaroo, kangaroo rat - any of several rabbit-sized ratlike Australian kangaroos

kangaroo

noun
Related words
male buck, old man
young joey
collective noun troop
Translations
الكَنْغَركَنْغَرٌ
cangur
klokan
kænguru
känguru
kenguru
klokanklokanica
kenguru
kanguru
kengúra
カンガルー
캥거루
kengūra
ķengurs
cangurcangură
klokan
kenguruklokan
кенгур
känguru
จิงโจ้
canguruchuột túi kangaroo

kangaroo

[ˌkæŋgəˈruː]
A. Ncanguro/a m/f
B. CPD kangaroo court Ntribunal m desautorizado

kangaroo

[ˌkæŋgəˈruː] nkangourou mkangaroo court ntribunal m fantoche

kangaroo

nKänguru nt; to have kangaroos in one’s top paddock (Austral inf) → nicht alle Tassen im Schrank haben (inf)

kangaroo

[ˌkæŋgəˈruː] ncanguro

kangaroo

(kӕŋgəˈruː) plural kangaˈroos noun
a type of large Australian animal with very long hind legs and great power of leaping, the female of which carries her young in a pouch on the front of her body.

kangaroo

كَنْغَرٌ klokan kænguru Känguruh καγκουρό canguro kenguru kangourou klokan canguro カンガルー 캥거루 kangoeroe kenguru kangur canguru кенгуру känguru จิงโจ้ kanguru chuột túi kangaroo 袋鼠
References in classic literature ?
Just then, as they rode along the pretty green lane toward Fuddlecumjig, they espied a kangaroo sitting by the roadside.
A DISTINGUISHED Naturalist was travelling in Australia, when he saw a Kangaroo in session and flung a stone at it.
The greyhounds pursued a kangaroo rat into a hollow tree, out of which we dragged it: it is an animal as large as a rabbit, but with the figure of a kangaroo.
He thought he saw a Kangaroo That worked a coffee-mill: He looked again, and found it was A Vegetable-pill
But it may be asked, what ought we to do, if it could be proved that one species of kangaroo had been produced, by a long course of modification, from a bear?
Then in another village they started a dancing-school; but they didn't know no more how to dance than a kangaroo does; so the first prance they made the general public jumped in and pranced them out of town.
Their speed and method of locomotion were both remarkable, springing as they did in great leaps of twenty or thirty feet, much after the manner of a kangaroo.
When it had advanced from the wood, it hopped much after the fashion of a kangaroo, using its hind feet and tail to propel it, and when it stood erect, it sat upon its tail.
If Marilla had said that Matthew had gone to Bright River to meet a kangaroo from Australia Mrs.
Indeed, the two friends, beating the bushes, roused a herd of kangaroos that fled and bounded along on their elastic paws.
I had a pal,' said Mr Nichols, sympathetically, 'who used to see kangaroos.
Oh, well," said Maggie, rather foiled by Luke's unexpectedly decided views about Dutchmen, "perhaps you would like 'Animated Nature' better; that's not Dutchmen, you know, but elephants and kangaroos, and the civet-cat, and the sunfish, and a bird sitting on its tail,--I forget its name.