Synonyms for kangaroos

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Not even the does and kangaroos that adorn the Park distracted or detained him?

They saw some twenty or thirty kangaroos, of which they only killed three.

"I just wanted to see one," said Rectus, as if he had been talking of kangaroos or giraffes.

Below the shrubs, kangaroos were leaping and springing like dancing jacks.

"Kangaroos, every one of 'em," sobbed the unhappy passenger.

The kangaroos are found in various parts of Victoria, in their wild state.

They were replaced by lesser dinies, approximately the size of kangaroos.

There are eight kinds of kangaroos, all of them herbivorous.

Like the kangaroos, they use their fore-feet only to rest upon.

He had ceased, too, for some time to keep a keen look-out for birds and kangaroos.

WORD ORIGIN

1770, used by Capt. Cook and botanist Joseph Banks, supposedly an aborigine word from northeast Queensland, Australia, usually said to be unknown now in any native language. However, according to Australian linguist R.M.W. Dixon ("The Languages of Australia," Cambridge, 1980), the word probably is from Guugu Yimidhirr (Endeavour River-area Aborigine language) /gaNurru/ "large black kangaroo."

Kangaroo court is American English, first recorded 1850 in a Southwestern context (also mustang court), from notion of proceeding by leaps.

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