noun ko·ala \kə-ˈwä-lə, kō-ˈä-\

: an Australian animal that has thick gray fur, large hairy ears, sharp claws for climbing, and no tail

Full Definition of KOALA

:  an Australian arboreal marsupial (Phascolarctos cinereus) that has a broad head, large hairy ears, dense gray fur, and sharp claws and feeds on eucalyptus leaves —called also koala bear

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Origin of KOALA

Dharuk (Australian aboriginal language of the Port Jackson area) gula, gulawanʸ
First Known Use: 1803


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