Definition of wallaby in English:

wallaby

noun

  • An Australasian marsupial that is similar to, but smaller than, a kangaroo.

    • ‘The potoroids are a family of diprotodont marsupials believed to be closely allied with the kangaroos and wallabies and sometimes grouped as a subfamily within that family.’
    • ‘Outdoors I came over all goofy while hand-feeding wallabies and kangaroos.’
    • ‘This episode deals with the different types of animals featured in the outback, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and other fuzzy, cute animals running around Australia.’
    • ‘At Cohunu Wildlife Park in Kelmscott you can wander right among the kangaroos and wallabies.’
    • ‘When I was a child I can remember I had kangaroo rats, wallabies, wallaroos, brush wallabies, all different marsupials as pets, and they were really very, very interesting.’
    • ‘At dusk pademelons and wallabies come out while sugar gliders float through the forest canopy.’
    • ‘So the extension of the term ‘marsupial’ is the set of all marsupials: kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and so on.’
    • ‘Call it what you will, the Tasmanian Tiger still has more in common with its Australian marsupial cousins, such as kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas, than with actual tigers, wolves, or hyenas.’
    • ‘It is also my first chance to see the wonderfully unique wildlife here; kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, pademelons, possums, and various unique birds.’
    • ‘And all these animals lived there-big glider possums, pygmy possums, koalas, kangaroos and wallabies, wombats, platypus, just everything in the trees, on the ground and in the creeks.’
    • ‘For many years the island's white beaches were stained with the blood of tens of thousands of whales, seals, kangaroos, wallabies and possums.’
    • ‘Other animals to be included in the Night Safari project include 40 from Australia, including kangaroos, koalas and wallabies, as well as 1,700 animals from Thailand's own national parks.’
    • ‘The mammals the researchers studied were the platypus, echidna, opossum, wallaby, hedgehog, mouse, rat, rabbit, cow, pig, bat, tree shrew, colugo, ringtail lemur, and humans.’
    • ‘Around us, free-ranging mobs of Forester kangaroos and Bennett's wallabies roam between the various animal pens.’
    • ‘We've had a lot of problems with kangaroos and wallabies, but we're working towards that now.’
    • ‘So the cassowaries, kookaburras, koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles and wallabies that one goes to Australia in the hope of seeing are all there.’
    • ‘After seeing a fox, wallabies thumped their hind feet in alarm, suppressed foraging, and increased looking.’
    • ‘Famous for its unusual cuisine, the Red Ochre Grill in Alice Springs specialises in Australian delicacies such as kangaroo, wallaby, emu, camel, crocodile, barramundi and yabbies.’
    • ‘We still got an opossum, a red kangaroo, a Bennett wallaby, too, and millipedes, and a kookaburra, whatever that is.’
    • ‘In the wild, its main food supply consists of small wallabies and kangaroos, birds, lizards and probably frogs and crayfish.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Dharuk walabi or waliba.

Pronunciation

wallaby

/ˈwɑləbi//ˈwäləbē/