kangaroo rat

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kangaroo rat Tiny, desert-dwelling rodent of w North America. It has long hind legs and a long tail, and hops. It stores seeds in its cheek pouches. Length: to 41cm (16in), including the tail. Family Heteromyidae; genus Dipodomys.

kangaroo rat

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kan·ga·roo rat • n. a seed-eating hopping rodent (genus Dipodomys, family Heteromyidae) with long hind legs, found from Canada to Mexico.

kangaroo rat

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kangaroo rat See HETEROMYIDAE.