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koala /koʊˈalə/ 

(countable noun) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.

An Australian marsupial about 75 centimetres long with thick grey fur and no tail, which lives in trees and feeds on gum (eucalyptus) leaves. Koalas are sometimes called 'koala bears', but koalas are not bears.

Example: Now, on a sunny winter morning, with a koala calmly chewing the gum just twenty metres from my office door, I feel it’s a good time to offer you a little snapshot of life at Candlebark this week. (


A visitor with a koala at a wildlife park near Adelaide

(photo by Julia Miller)