quok·​ka | \ ˈkwä-kə How to pronounce quokka (audio) \

Definition of quokka

: a stocky herbivorous marsupial (Setonix brachyurus of the family Macropodidae) of southwestern Australia that has a short tail

Examples of quokka in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rottnest Island Follow the lead of Margot Robbie, Adrien Grenier, Hugh Jackman, Roger Federer and Chris Hemsworth and hop the ferry to Rotto — short for Rottnest, in the Aussie way — for a quokka selfie. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood's Travel Guide to Western Australia," 16 July 2019 Unfortunately, development on the mainland has not been so kind to the quokka. Hamish Stubbs, National Geographic, "'World's Happiest Animal' Bouncing Back, Thanks to Golf," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of quokka

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quokka

Nyungar (Australian aboriginal language of southwest Western Australia) gwaga

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Cite this Entry

“Quokka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quokka. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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