kookaburra

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


Origin:
1885–90; < Wiradjuri gugubarra (imitative)

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kookaburra (ˈkʊkəˌbʌrə)
 
n
1.  Also called: laughing jackass a large arboreal Australian kingfisher, Dacelo novaeguineae (or gigas), with a cackling cry
2.  Also called: blue-winged kookaburra a related smaller bird D. Leachii, of tropical Australia and New Guinea
 
[C19: from a native Australian language]

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