Kookaburra definition

ko͝okə-bûrə, -bŭrə
Any of several species of kingfishers in the genus Dacelo, known for their laugh-like call.
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Any of several similar kingfishers of the genera Dacelo and Clytoceyx of Australia, New Guinea, and neighboring islands.
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An Australian kingfisher (Dacelo gigas) with an abrupt, harsh cry suggestive of loud laughter.
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A large kingfisher (Dacelo novaeguineae) of southern and eastern Australia, having brown and white plumage and a call resembling raucous laughter.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kookaburra
Plural:
kookaburras

Origin of kookaburra

  • Wiradhuri (Pama-Nyungan language of southeast Australia) gugubarra of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiradhuri gugubarra (“Dacelo novaeguineae”).

    From Wiktionary