kookaburra

play
noun kook·a·bur·ra \ˈku̇-kə-ˌbər-ə, -ˌbə-rə\

Definition of kookaburra

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of kookaburra

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


First Known Use: 1834


KOOKABURRA Defined for English Language Learners

kookaburra

play
noun kook·a·bur·ra \ˈku̇-kə-ˌbər-ə, -ˌbə-rə\

Definition of kookaburra for English Language Learners

  • : a large Australian bird whose call is like loud laughter


KOOKABURRA Defined for Kids

kookaburra

play
noun kook·a·bur·ra \ˈku̇-kə-ˌbər-ə\

Definition of kookaburra for Students

  1. :  an Australian bird that has a call resembling loud laughter


Learn More about kookaburra


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up kookaburra? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an exhausted condition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!