quokka

noun

quok·​ka ˈkwä-kə How to pronounce quokka (audio)
: 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 And what is a quokka? Katherine Bindley, WSJ, 8 June 2022 Take the potoroo, for example, or the quokka. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 23 Mar. 2018 The quokka -- a type of small wallaby -- doesn't actually hurl its baby toward a predator. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 8 May 2022 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, 16 July 2019 Unfortunately, development on the mainland has not been so kind to the quokka. Hamish Stubbs, National Geographic, 13 July 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Nyungar (Australian aboriginal language of southwest Western Australia) gwaga

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quokka was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Quokka.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quokka. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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