kangaroo rat kangaroo rat n. (Zool.) A jumping rodent of the genus {Dipodomys} of the family {Heteromyidae}, which lives in arid regions of Mexico and the western U. S. [PJC]

2. (Zool.) An Australian mammal of the genus {Notomys}. [PJC]

3. (Zool.) a small ratlike Australian kangaroo of the genus {Potorous}, also called the {potoroo}. [PJC]

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  • Potoroo — Po to*roo , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any small kangaroo belonging to {Hypsiprymnus}, {Bettongia}, and allied genera, native of Australia and Tasmania. Called also {kangaroo rat}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Potoroo — Taxobox name = PotoroosMSW3 Groves | pages = 58] image caption = Potorous platyops regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia infraclassis = Marsupialia ordo = Diprotodontia familia = Potoroidae subfamilia = Potoroinae genus =… …   Wikipedia

  • Potoroo — Potorous Potorous …   Wikipédia en Français

  • potoroo — /poh teuh rooh /, n., pl. potoroos. any of several small, ratlike kangaroos of the genus Potorous, of Australia. [1790; perh. < Dharuk] * * * …   Universalium

  • potoroo — noun Any of several rat kangaroos, of the genus Potorous, from Australia and Tasmania …   Wiktionary

  • potoroo — [ˌpɒtə ru:] noun a small nocturnal rat kangaroo with long hindlimbs and typically a hopping gait, native to Australia. [Genus Potorous: three species.] Origin C18: prob. from Dharuk badaru …   English new terms dictionary

  • potoroo — po·to·roo …   English syllables

  • potoroo — /pɒtəˈru / (say potuh rooh) noun any of several species of small macropods of the genus Potorous, having pointed heads and living in dense grass and low, thick scrub in various parts of Australia. {Australian Aboriginal; ? Dharug badaru} …   Australian English dictionary

  • potoroo — n. Austral. any small marsupial of the genus Potorus, native to Australia and Tasmania; a rat kangaroo. Etymology: Aboriginal …   Useful english dictionary

  • Potoroo à long nez — Potorous tridactylus Potoroo à long nez …   Wikipédia en Français

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