- a sluggish, tailless, gray, furry, arboreal marsupial, Phascolarctos cinereus, of Australia.
Origin of koala
Examples from the Web for koala
Historical Examples of koala
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
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.
The Koala was evidently very pleased with this accomplishment.
- 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
Australian marsupial, 1808, from the Aboriginal name of the animal, variously given as koola, kulla, kula.