kookaburra definition

  • noun:
    • a big kingfisher (Dacelo novaeguineae) of southern and east Australian Continent, having brown and white plumage and a call resembling raucous laughter. Also called laughing jackass.
    • Any of several species of kingfishers into the genus Dacelo, recognized for their particular laugh-like call.
    • The native title adopted as a standard title for the laughing-jackass, Dacelo gigas, a sizable types of kingfisher. The name is thoroughly utilized about Sydney and is distributed by E. P. Ramsay in the “Catalogue of Australian wild birds.” See cut under Dacelo.
    • Australian kingfisher having a loud cackling weep

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