koalas

koala

[koh-ah-luh]
noun
a sluggish, tailless, gray, furry, arboreal marsupial, Phascolarctos cinereus, of Australia.

Origin:
1800–10; erroneous spelling for earlier koola(h) (now obsolete) < Dharuk gú-la

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koala or koala bear (kəʊˈɑːlə)
 
n
Also called (Austral): native bear a slow-moving Australian arboreal marsupial, Phascolarctus cinereus, having dense greyish fur and feeding on eucalyptus leaves and bark
 
[from a native Australian language]
 
koala bear or koala bear
 
n
 
[from a native Australian language]

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