Definition of rat-kangaroo in English:



  • A small ratlike Australian marsupial with long hindlimbs used for hopping.

    Family Potoroidae: several genera and species.

    • ‘At the other end of the scale from the six large types mentioned above are the rat/rabbit-sized bettongs, potoroos and rat-kangaroos.’
    • ‘Two million years ago bizarre creatures roamed the Australian continent - the flesh-eating giant rat-kangaroo, the thunder bird, the marsupial wolf, and a giant monitor lizard.’
    • ‘Of course, it matters not what the author thinks is ‘cleaner’ or ‘more aesthetically pleasing’, but what is good for this rat-kangaroo.’