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kookaburra

[ kook-uh-bur-uh, -buhr-uh ]
/ ˈkʊk əˌbɜr ə, -ˌbʌr ə /
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noun
an Australian kingfisher, Dacelo gigas, having a loud, harsh cry that resembles laughter.
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Also called laughing jackass.

Origin of kookaburra

First recorded in 1885–90, kookaburra is from the Wiradjuri word gugubarra (imitative)

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British Dictionary definitions for kookaburra

kookaburra
/ (ˈkʊkəˌbʌrə) /

noun
Also called: laughing jackass a large arboreal Australian kingfisher, Dacelo novaeguineae (or gigas), with a cackling cry
Also called: blue-winged kookaburra a related smaller bird D. Leachii, of tropical Australia and New Guinea

Word Origin for kookaburra

C19: from a native Australian language
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