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[wol-uh-bee] /ˈwɒl ə bi/
noun, plural wallabies (especially collectively) wallaby.
any of various small and medium-sized kangaroos of the genera Macropus, Thylogale, Petrogale, etc., some of which are no larger than rabbits: several species are endangered.
Origin of wallaby
1790-1800; < Dharuk wa-la-ba Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wallaby
  • Also available for feeding are the kangaroo and wallaby.
  • The dogs sneaked onto zoo grounds but never got inside the wallaby enclosure.
  • If you want strangers to talk to you in the grocery store, bring along a wallaby.
  • Red kangaroos hop around in wire-fenced pens, as do their wallaby cousins.
British Dictionary definitions for wallaby


noun (pl) -bies, -by
any of various herbivorous marsupials of the genera Lagorchestes (hare wallabies), Petrogale (rock wallabies), Protemnodon, etc, of Australia and New Guinea, similar to but smaller than kangaroos: family Macropodidae
(Austral, slang) on the wallaby, on the wallaby track, (of a person) wandering about looking for work
Word Origin
C19: from native Australian wolabā


noun (pl) -bies
a member of the international Rugby Union football team of Australia
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Word Origin and History for wallaby

kind of small kangaroo, 1826, from native Australian wolaba.

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