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koala

[koh-ah-luh]
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noun
  1. a sluggish, tailless, gray, furry, arboreal marsupial, Phascolarctos cinereus, of Australia.
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Origin of koala

1800–10; erroneous spelling for earlier koola(h) (now obsolete) < Dharuk gú-la
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Examples from the Web for koala

Historical Examples

  • In the Wombat and Koala the tail is small and without chevron bones.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The Phascolarctos, or Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), is closely allied to the wombat.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • The Brisbane savant obtained the worm from a koala (Phascolarctos cinereus).

    Parasites

    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • She forgot all about the Koala, and rushed forward to meet it.

    Dot and the Kangaroo

    Ethel C. Pedley

  • The Koala was evidently very pleased with this accomplishment.

    Dot and the Kangaroo

    Ethel C. Pedley


British Dictionary definitions for koala

koala

koala bear

noun
  1. a slow-moving Australian arboreal marsupial, Phascolarctus cinereus, having dense greyish fur and feeding on eucalyptus leaves and barkAlso called (Austral): native bear
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Word Origin

from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for koala

n.

Australian marsupial, 1808, from the Aboriginal name of the animal, variously given as koola, kulla, kula.

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