Definition of quokka in English:


Syllabification: quok·ka
Pronunciation: /ˈkwäkə


A small, short-tailed wallaby with a short face, round ears on top of the head, and some tree-climbing ability, native to Western Australia.
  • Setonix brachyurus, family Macropodidae
More example sentences
  • These forms include the tree-kangaroos (genus Dendrolagus), which are excellent climbers; pademelons (genus Thylogale), which often walk with a quadrupedal gait; and the relatively short-tailed quokkas (genus Setonix).
  • En route, watch out for the island's sweet but vaguely scary quokkas: half kangaroo, half rat, they're endemic here.
  • Its Dutch discoverer in the 17th century wrongly named it after finding it was infested with what he took for rats, but were actually quokkas, marsupials with a vague resemblance to beavers.


mid 19th century: from Nyungar kwaka.

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