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kangaroo rat

Definitions of kangaroo rat
  1. noun
    any of various leaping rodents of desert regions of North America and Mexico; largest members of the family Heteromyidae
    synonyms: Dipodomys phillipsii, desert rat
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    types:
    Dipodomys ordi, Ord kangaroo rat
    most widely distributed kangaroo rat: plains and mountain areas of central and western United States
    type of:
    pocket rat
    any of various rodents with cheek pouches
  2. noun
    any of several rabbit-sized ratlike Australian kangaroos
    synonyms: rat kangaroo
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    types:
    potoroo
    Australian rat kangaroos
    bettong
    short-nosed rat kangaroo
    jerboa kangaroo, kangaroo jerboa
    brush-tailed rat kangaroo
    type of:
    kangaroo
    any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail
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