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kangaroo rat

any of various small jumping rodents of the family Heteromyidae, of Mexico and the western U.S.
an Australian desert rodent of the genus Notomys.
Origin of kangaroo rat
1780-90 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for kangaroo rat
  • Elsewhere they have gone to court for the blunt-nosed leopard lizard and the giant kangaroo rat.
  • One animal uniquely adapted to life in the desert is the kangaroo rat.
  • As the number of seed-producing plants has declined, so has the kangaroo rat's population, but the species survives.
British Dictionary definitions for kangaroo rat

kangaroo rat

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
Also called kangaroo mouse. any of several leaping murine rodents of the Australian genus Notomys
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