- an Australian kingfisher, Dacelo gigas, having a loud, harsh cry that resembles laughter.
Origin of kookaburra
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The kookaburra is about the size of an owl, of a mottled grey colour.
To start off with, they had an unpleasant scene with a Kookaburra, a low larrikin who resented the way that Bill examined him.The Magic Pudding
The kookaburra seems to find much grim fun in this world, and is always disturbing the Bush quiet with its curious “laughter.”
- 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
1890, from a native Australian word.