koala

[ koh-ah-luh ]
/ koʊˈɑ lə /

noun

a sluggish, tailless, gray, furry, arboreal marsupial, Phascolarctos cinereus, of Australia.

Origin of koala

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

koala bear

/ (kəʊˈɑːlə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for koala

from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for koala

koala


n.

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

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