Definition of kookaburra in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈko͝okəˌbərə/


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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).
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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Syllabification: kook·a·bur·ra

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