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kangaroo Tweet Definition of kangaroo Like Definition of kangaroo on Facebook
noun
  1. a member of a family of large marsupials with strong hind legs for hopping, mainly found in Australia.
    • 1770: Besides the Animals which I have before mentioned, called by the Natives Kangooroo, or Kanguru ... — w:James Cook, James Cook, Captain Cook"s Journal During the First Voyage Round the World, description of Endeavour River, at 4 August 1770 http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/8106
kangaroo rat Tweet Definition of kangaroo rat Like Definition of kangaroo rat on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of many different species of rodent that moves about by hopping.
kid Tweet Definition of kid Like Definition of kid on Facebook
noun
  1. A young goat.
  2. Of a goat, the state of being pregnant: in kid
  3. kidskin, Kidskin.
  4. A young antelope.
  5. (colloquial) A child or young person.
killer Tweet Definition of killer Like Definition of killer on Facebook
noun
  1. That which kills.
There"s a on the loose.
My cat is a habitual bird .
Carbon monoxide is a silent .''
  1. (figurative) That which causes stress or is extremely difficult, especially that which may cause failure at a task.
That test was a .
The final hill in the race course was a .''
  1. (figurative) Something that is so far ahead of its competition that it effectively kills off that competition.
Various means had were used to steer aircraft in the early years but ailerons were the .
  1. A diacritic mark used in Indic scripts to suppress an inherent vowel (e.g., the Hindi viram, the Bengali or Oriya hasanta) or render the entire syllable silent (e.g., the Burmese virama, the Khmer toandakhiat).
So, for example, an invisible Žthaq "" (virama) (U+1039) is not inserted between initial and medial consonants. " http://mercury.soas.ac.uk/wadict/burmese/SOASMyanmar_keyboard_and_font_user_manual.pdf
We have previously shown that there is no "virama" sign as a general "" in Khmer script, unlike, for example, in Devanagari script. " http://std.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n2458.pdf
The virama U+1039 MYANMAR SIGN VIRAMA also participates in some common constructions where it appears as a visible sign, commonly termed . " http://www.myanmarnlp.net.mm/doc/20010714_implementation_draungmaw1.PPT
In the course of its adaptation to non-Indo-Aryan languages, the Burmese script has acquired some features that distinguish it from other Indic scripts. The , or virama, participates in some common constructions that would be clumsy to handle the way they would be in the other Indic scripts, so the control function of the virama is separated from the diacritic function of the . The virama, 0F4D is used to form conjunct consonants, while the , 0F52, is a simple diacritic and has no effect on character shaping. The is also combined with the VOWEL SIGN O (0F4B) to form the low level tone vowel "o." When used this way, this symbol is known as hyei hto, or "thrust forward." " http://unicode.org/reports/tr1.html
For example, although the "vowel " diacritic may be called a "pulli" in Tamil, it is still referred to by the Unicode character names as a "virama". " http://www.w3.org/2002/Talks/09-ri-indic/indic-paper.html
Thai words that have been borrowed from Sanskrit, Pali and English usually try to retain as much of the original spelling as possible; as this will often produce pronunciations that are impossible or misleading, a "" symbol is placed above the redundant consonant to indicate that it may be ignored " Thai: An Essential Grammar By David Smyth
Sometimes the "" sign, called kaaran in Thai, cancels out not only the consonant above which it appears, but also the one immediately preceding it. " Thai: An Essential Grammar By David Smyth
killer whale Tweet Definition of killer whale Like Definition of killer whale on Facebook
noun
  1. A sea mammal, Orcinius orca, related to dolphins and porpoises.
    • 1851 Of this whale, little is known to the Nantucketer, and nothing at all to the professed naturalist. From what I have seen of him at a distance, I should say that he was about the bigness of a grampus. He is very savage - a sort of Feegee fish. He sometimes takes the great Folio whales by the lip and hangs there like a leech until the mighty brute is worried to death. The killer is never hunted. I have never heard what sort of oil he has. Exception might be taken to the name of this whale, on the grounds of its indistinctness. For we are all killers on land and on sea; Bonaparts and sharks included. — Herman Melville: Moby Dick. This ed. 1961 Arnot publishers. p.127.
kinkajou Tweet Definition of kinkajou Like Definition of kinkajou on Facebook
noun
  1. A carnivorous mammal of Central America and South America with a long, prehensile tail, related to the raccoon.
klipspringer Tweet Definition of klipspringer Like Definition of klipspringer on Facebook
noun (pluralklipspringers)
  1. A small antelope native to eastern and southern Africa having a dense, brown, speckled coat.
koala Tweet Definition of koala Like Definition of koala on Facebook
noun
  1. A tree-dwelling marsupial that resembles a small bear with a broad head, large ears and sharp claws, mainly found in eastern Australia.
kob Tweet Definition of kob Like Definition of kob on Facebook
noun
  1. An African antelope closely related to the lechwe and the waterbuck.
koodoo Tweet Definition of koodoo Like Definition of koodoo on Facebook
noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
  1. (dated) . An antelope of the species Tragelaphus imberbis (the lesser kudu) or Tragelaphus strepsiceros (the greater kudu).
    • 1976 Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, Jock of the Bushveld p. 190. Longman: ISBN 0582161231 (The book was first published in 1907).
      ::"The lying partly on its side, with both hind-legs hampered by the mass of dead wood, could not rise, but it swept the clear space in front with the terrible horns, and for some time kept Jock at bay."
kudu Tweet Definition of kudu Like Definition of kudu on Facebook
noun
  1. A large, striped, African antelope of the species Tragelaphus imberbis (the lesser kudu) or Tragelaphus strepsiceros (the greater kudu).

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