Etymology
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koala (n.)

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

updated on August 29, 2012

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Definitions of koala from WordNet

koala (n.)
sluggish tailless Australian arboreal marsupial with grey furry ears and coat; feeds on eucalyptus leaves and bark;
Synonyms: koala bear / kangaroo bear / native bear / Phascolarctos cinereus
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.