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A marsupial of the family Macropodidae, which includes kangaroos and wallabies.
Of, relating to, or designating a macropodid; = "macropod".
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Macropodidae, family name from *Macropod-, taken as stem (after ancient Greek ποδ-, πούς foot: see -pod) of Macropus, genus name (G. Shaw Vivarium Naturae I. sig. O2; from macro- + ancient Greek πούς) + -idae.
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