Definition of kookaburra in English:


Syllabification: kook·a·bur·ra
Pronunciation: /ˈko͝okəˌbərə


  • A very large Australasian kingfisher that feeds on terrestrial prey such as reptiles and birds.
    • Genus Dacelo, family Alcedinidae: two species, the laughing kookaburra (D. gigas or D. novaeguineae), which has a loud cackling call, and the blue-winged kookaburra (D. leachii)
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    • Here and there the raucous laughter of the kookaburra seemed to mock our attempt.
    • A kookaburra flies between the clusters of trees with buoyant, floating wing beats.
    • The yammering kookaburra, usually so talkative, was silent, for he too was fast asleep.


late 19th century: from Wiradhuri gugubarra.

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