A bear-like arboreal Australian marsupial that has thick grey fur and feeds on eucalyptus leaves. Also called native bear in Australia.
- Phascolarctos cinereus, the only member of the family Phascolarctidae
More example sentences
- I was surrounded by at least a dozen baby kangaroos, wallabies, or koalas all my life.
- This year's Olympic Games turned the world's eye to the country of koalas and kangaroos.
- Well the koala is an Australian icon when it comes to tourism.
early 19th century: from Dharuk.
In non-technical contexts koala bear (as opposed to koala) is widely used. Zoologists, however, regard this form as incorrect on the grounds that, despite appearances, koalas are completely unrelated to bears.