Definition of quokka in English:

quokka

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwɒkə
 
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noun

  • A small short-tailed wallaby with a short face, round ears, 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Nyungar kwaka.

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