kangaroo

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English[edit]

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A kangaroo with a joey.

Etymology[edit]

From Guugu Yimidhirr gangurru (eastern grey kangaroo).

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Noun[edit]

kangaroo (plural kangaroos)

  1. A member of the Macropodidae family of large marsupials with strong hind legs for hopping, native to Australia. [from 18th c.]
    • 1770, James Cook, Journal, 4 August 1770 [1]:
      Besides the Animals which I have before mentioned, called by the Natives Kangooroo, or Kanguru […].
    • 1814, Matthew Flinders, A Voyage to Terra Australis:
      In the woods are the kanguroo, the emu or cassowary, paroquets, and a variety of small birds […].
  2. (Canada, attributive) A hooded jacket with a front pocket, usually of fleece material, a kangaroo jacket.

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Verb[edit]

kangaroo (third-person singular simple present kangaroos, present participle kangarooing, simple past and past participle kangarooed)

  1. To practice kangaroo care on an infant; to hold a premature infant against the skin.
  2. To hunt kangaroo.

References[edit]

  • R. M. W. Dixon, Australian Aboriginal Words, Oxford University Press, 1990, ISBN 0-19-553099-3
  • “kangaroo” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.

Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English kangaroo.

Noun[edit]

kangaroo m (genitive kangaroo, plural kangarooghyn)

  1. kangaroo

Mutation[edit]

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
kangaroo changaroo gangaroo
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.