kangaroo rat


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kangaroo rat

n.
Any of various long-tailed rodents of the genus Dipodomys of arid areas of western North America, with long hind legs adapted for jumping.

kangaroo rat

n
1. (Animals) any small leaping rodent of the genus Dipodomys, related to the squirrels and inhabiting desert regions of North America, having a stocky body and very long hind legs and tails: family Heteromyidae
2. (Animals) Also called: kangaroo mouse any of several leaping murine rodents of the Australian genus Notomys

kangaroo′ rat`


n.
any of various small jumping rodents of the genus Dipodomys, of Mexico and W North America.
[1780–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kangaroo rat - any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexicokangaroo rat - any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexico; largest members of the family Heteromyidae
pocket rat - any of various rodents with cheek pouches
Dipodomys, genus Dipodomys - kangaroo rats
Dipodomys ordi, Ord kangaroo rat - most widely distributed kangaroo rat: plains and mountain areas of central and western United States
2.kangaroo rat - any of several rabbit-sized ratlike Australian kangarooskangaroo rat - any of several rabbit-sized ratlike Australian kangaroos
kangaroo - any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail
potoroo - Australian rat kangaroos
bettong - short-nosed rat kangaroo
jerboa kangaroo, kangaroo jerboa - brush-tailed rat kangaroo
References in classic literature ?
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.
It might be Colas in Fille Mal Gardee or, the Texas Kangaroo Rat in Penguin Cafe.
Randall has analyzed snaky reactions in the banner-tailed kangaroo rat.
The desert tortoise, native kangaroo rat, and a threatened amphibian called the desert chuckwalla would substitute as prey when rodent populations plummet around the dump.
Ord's kangaroo rat and the Plains pocket mouse (Heteromyidae) were much more abundant at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge site than at Placitas (Figure 1A, B) and had greater statistical differences in the RMANOVA results (Table 1).
A particularly shrill debate has erupted over an endangered rodent, the Stephens' kangaroo rat.
The Environmental Groups assert that the Panoche Valley has the last intact, but unprotected, grasslands in the San Joaquin Valley and is home to many rare and endangered species including the giant kangaroo rat, the San Joaquin kit fox, and the blunt-nosed leopard lizard.
Similarly, Merriam's kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami) and the Pacific kangaroo rat (D.
The giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens) is listed both federally and in the state of California as an endangered species and has been since the 1980s, making its conservation of the utmost importance.
Merriam's kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami) was the most abundant kangaroo rat (81.
The Stephens' kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi) is a nocturnal rodent that is unique to southwestern California.