One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant-eating marsupial mammal of an Australasian family that comprises the kangaroos and wallabies.
Family Macropodidae: Macropus and other genera
- ‘But in the case of many macropods, reproduction is characterised by the ability to arrest the development of embryos and, in some arid-dwelling species, even forgo the oestrus cycle.’
- ‘Wabularoo naughtoni, supposed ancestor of all the macropods, was clearly a kangaroo (it greatly resembles the potoroos which dwell in Victoria's forests).’
- ‘A program in northern NSW is helping to save the endangered rufous bettong, a macropod that plays an important part in forest ecosystems.’
- ‘Are you talking about macropods in general like wallabies, the kangaroos as well as the possums or just the Brush-tails in particular?’
- ‘In macropods regurgitation is more irregular and infrequent and involves much less chewing and has been termed merycism.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Macropodidae (plural), from macro- + Greek pous, pod- ‘foot’.
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