kook·​a·​bur·​ra | \ ˈku̇-kə-ˌbər-ə How to pronounce kookaburra (audio) , -ˌbə-rə \

Definition of kookaburra

: a brownish kingfisher (Dacelo novaeguineae synonym D. gigas) of Australia that is about the size of a crow and has a call resembling loud laughter

called also laughing jackass

Examples of kookaburra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Australia’s poppy song was written with AI trained on previous Eurovision hits along with contributions from a neural network fed samples of noises made by koalas, kookaburras and Tasmanian devils. Amy Thomson, Bloomberg.com, "Robots Sing For Death and Revolution at Eurovision’s AI Contest," 24 Apr. 2020 But in a fishing village thousands of miles away, where giant goannas scuttled through gumtrees and kookaburras laughed, my siblings were hunting for wild animal scat and leaping into the ocean. New York Times, "Watching the Beach Town of My Childhood Burn," 17 Jan. 2020 There are currently at least four species at the zoo whose native habitat is Australia: a bearded dragon lizard named Six, Dundee the kookaburra, a Fly River turtle named Penny and a pair of tawny frogmouth birds called Grover and Timrek. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee zookeepers caring for native Australian animals worry about fate of species devastated by wildfires," 20 Feb. 2020 Back in our adult clothes, we were sent away with gifts of commemorative stuffed kookaburras. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "Would 19 Hours and 16 Minutes in the Air Make Me Crazy?," 13 Nov. 2019 And despite their sometimes-aggressive tendencies, the magpie was voted Australia’s ‘‘Bird of the Year’’ in a 2017 poll — ahead of the Australian white ibis and the laughing kookaburra. BostonGlobe.com, "It’s springtime Down Under, and along with overexuberant local football fans, that means another annual menace on Australian streets: angry birds.," 17 Sep. 2019 Two kookaburras in a suburb of Australia were caught making love on a power line Wednesday afternoon until their untimely demise, which resulted in a power outage for around 1,000 homes. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Two lovemaking kookaburra birds caused a power outage in Australia," 16 June 2019 Happy Friday, spangled kookaburras, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, September 14 Edition," 14 Sep. 2018 There is perhaps no better place to go bird-watching this holiday season - and no easier way to get so close to so many exotic flying creatures, including rhinoceros hornbills, Malayan flying fox fruit bats and laughing kookaburras. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Bird-watching in Pittsburgh: National Aviary highlights unusual, intelligent feathered friends (photos)," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of kookaburra

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kookaburra

Wiradhuri (Australian aboriginal language of central New South Wales) gugubarra

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The first known use of kookaburra was in 1834

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30 May 2020

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“Kookaburra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kookaburra. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kookaburra

: a large Australian bird whose call is like loud laughter


kook·​a·​bur·​ra | \ ˈku̇-kə-ˌbər-ə How to pronounce kookaburra (audio) \

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: an Australian bird that has a call resembling loud laughter

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