Definition of coolibah in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈko͞oləˌbä/
(also coolabah)


A northern Australian gum tree that typically grows near watercourses and yields strong, hard timber.
  • Eucalyptus microtheca, family Myrtaceae.
Example sentences
  • And here, in 1875, after floods had forced them to spend days perched in an old coolibah, Frank and his sons had taken up a cattle and horse-breeding station.
  • The Dig Tree is a gnarled coolibah that stands in the burnt heart of the outback, beside the warm, green water of Cooper's Creek.
  • A message was carved into the bark of a coolibah tree.


Late 19th century: from Kamilaroi (and related languages) gulubaa.

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Syllabification: coo·li·bah

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