kookaburra

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

Definition of kookaburra

  1. :  a brownish kingfisher (Dacelo novaeguineae syn. 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

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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

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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


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