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
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The 10-acre ranch is home to more than 100 animals ranging from armadillos, cheetahs and wallabies to Siberian lynx, kookaburra and alligators.
Shows may feature an eagle, a vulture, a condor, a crane or a kookaburra.
The final allegro came from a flock of cackling kookaburras outside my villa.
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Origin and Etymology of kookaburra
Wiradhuri (Australian aboriginal language of central New South Wales) gugubarra
First Known Use: 1834See Words from the same year
KOOKABURRA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kookaburra for English Language Learners
: a large Australian bird whose call is like loud laughter
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Definition of kookaburra for Students
: an Australian bird that has a call resembling loud laughter
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