Definition of macropod in English:



  • A plant-eating marsupial mammal of an Australasian family that comprises the kangaroos and wallabies.

    Family Macropodidae: Macropus and other genera

    • ‘In macropods regurgitation is more irregular and infrequent and involves much less chewing and has been termed merycism.’
    • ‘Wabularoo naughtoni, supposed ancestor of all the macropods, was clearly a kangaroo (it greatly resembles the potoroos which dwell in Victoria's forests).’
    • ‘Are you talking about macropods in general like wallabies, the kangaroos as well as the possums or just the Brush-tails in particular?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A program in northern NSW is helping to save the endangered rufous bettong, a macropod that plays an important part in forest ecosystems.’


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Macropodidae (plural), from macro- + Greek pous, pod- ‘foot’.