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[koh-ah-luh] /koʊˈɑ lə/
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 Unabridged
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  • The new grizzly exhibit and koala bears would have to do.
  • The koala makes a sound that should require a bison-size body.
  • Or a koala that climbed up a four-poster bed surprising a seventeen-year-old in her nightie.
  • She kept scrapbooks filled with images of pandas and koala bears.
  • Even the koala's brain has adapted to its harsh regimen.
  • The zoo offers animal feeding demonstrations and koala cuddling sessions.
  • She got a few kangaroo souvenirs for her family, as well as a couple of koala bear trophies.
  • Consider the plight of the koala bear, which can feed only on eucalyptus leaves.
  • Not the kangaroo or the koala story, but the camel story.
  • Although the place comes with its own cuddly koala bear and eucalyptus tree, there is still something missing.
British Dictionary definitions for koala


a slow-moving Australian arboreal marsupial, Phascolarctus cinereus, having dense greyish fur and feeding on eucalyptus leaves and bark Also called (Austral) native bear
Word Origin
from a native Australian language
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Word Origin and History for koala

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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