kookaburra definition by Webster's New World
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an Australian kingfisher (Dacelo gigas) with an abrupt, harsh cry suggestive of loud laughter
Origin: ; from native name in Australia
kookaburra definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A large kingfisher (Dacelo novaeguineae) of southern and eastern Australia, having brown and white plumage and a call resembling raucous laughter. Also called laughing jackass.
Origin: Wiradhuri (Aboriginal language of southeast Australia) gugubarra, of imitative origin.