Definition of kookaburra in English:


Line breaks: kooka|burra
Pronunciation: /ˈkʊkəˌbʌrə


A very large Australasian kingfisher that feeds on terrestrial prey such as reptiles and birds.
  • Genus Dacelo, family Alcedinidae: two species, in particular the laughing kookaburra or laughing jackass (D. novaeguineae), which has a loud cackling call
More example sentences
  • 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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