quokka

[ kwok-uh ]
/ ˈkwɒk ə /

noun

a small wallaby, Setonix brachyurus, inhabiting islands and swampy areas in southwestern Australia.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON THESE WORDS FROM BROWN GIRL DREAMING!

Visualize yourself passing this quiz on words from Jacqueline Woodson’s exquisite verse novel “Brown Girl Dreaming,” and then take the quiz to prove you can do it! (Because you can.)
Question 1 of 10
What does “barren” mean?

Origin of quokka

First recorded in 1860–65, quokka is from the Nyungar word kwaka
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for quokka

quokka
/ (ˈkwɒkə) /

noun

a small wallaby, Setonix brachyurus, of Western Australia, occurring mostly on offshore islands

Word Origin for quokka

from a native Australian language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012