American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large kingfisher (Dacelo novaeguineae) of southern and eastern Australia, having brown and white plumage and a call resembling raucous laughter. Also called laughing jackass.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The native name adopted as a common name for the laughing-jackass, Dacelo gigas, a large species of kingfisher. The name is extensively used about Sydney and is given by E. P. Ramsay in his “Catalogue of Australian Birds.” See cut under Dacelo.
- n. Australian kingfisher having a loud cackling cry
- From Wiradhuri gugubarra ("Dacelo novaeguineae"). (Wiktionary)
- Wiradhuri (Aboriginal language of southeast Australia) gugubarra, of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“We visited the vineyard at dusk and on the way back to the car, I heard a kookaburra laugh echo across the vineyard.”
“For all you birders out there, you can see/hear the kookaburra here.”
“I have plans to restock it with fish (AKA kookaburra buffet) and lilies etc when things calm down after Xmas.”
“There is a slightly odd piece in the current issue of the New Yorker in which David Sedaris describes an intimate encounter not so long ago with a tame kookaburra over lunch in Daylesford, Victoria.”
“Note the earliest (and correct) form of words: The kookaburra sits on, and not in, the old gum tree, a subtle distinction, certainly, but one that gives that muscular bird a slight hint of dominance, as befits the king of the bush designation that follows in the next line.”
“As the party was looking on, a Laughing Jackass [kookaburra] sat gazing down in respectful silence, with no desire to show disloyalty by breaking out into a premier chuckle at the rather amusing scene.”
“The one about a kookaburra bird in an old gum tree.”
“She has added kookaburra and snake to her animal noise repertoire thanks to a possum magic board book she got for her birthday.”
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