Meaning of “koala” in the English Dictionary

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"koala" in British English

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koalanoun [ C ]

uk /kəʊˈɑː.lə/ us /koʊˈɑː.lə/ also old-fashioned koala bear


  • Koalas and monkeys climb trees with their arms.
  • Koalas can climb trees that are 30 to 60 meters high.
  • Koalas eat eucalyptus leaves.
  • Koalas have strong arms and sharp claws to climb trees where they eat and sleep.
  • Koalas sleep for most of the day because the weather in Australia can be very hot.
  • Koalas weigh 5–14 kilograms.
  • Some animals only come from Australia, like the koala and the platypus.
  • Some people say the Aborigine word koala means “does not drink,” but this is wrong.
  • The government decided to pay money to make a tunnel under the road for the koalas to use.
  • The koala gets a lot of water from the plants it eats, but like every animal it also drinks water when it’s thirsty.
  • The koala is a very beautiful animal with gray hair and a black nose.
  • The koalas needed to go easily and safely from one place to another for food.

(Definition of “koala” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)