Definition of coolibah in English:


Syllabification: coo·li·bah
Pronunciation: /ˈko͞oləˌbä
(also coolabah)


  • A northern Australian gum tree that typically grows near watercourses and yields strong, hard timber.
    • Eucalyptus microtheca, family Myrtaceae
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    • 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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