• koala looking down from branch
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n koala sluggish tailless Australian arboreal marsupial with grey furry ears and coat; feeds on eucalyptus leaves and bark
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Koala bear is not really a bear, but is really related to the kangaroo and the wombat.
    • n Koala A tailless furry marsupial (Phascolarctos cinereus), found in Australia. The female carries her young on the back of her neck. Called also Australian bear koala bear native bear, and native sloth. The koala lives almost all of its life in trees, moves sluggishly like a sloth, and eats eucalyptus leaves almost exclusively.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Koalas sleep up to 19 hours a day
    • n koala A marsupial mammal of Australia, Phascolarctos cinercus. It is related to the wombats and phalanges, but is now commonly placed in another family, Phascolarctidæ. It is an arboreal animal, whose general aspect recalls both the sloths and the bears. The form is stout and clumsy, with no visible tail, a short snout, bushy ears, thick woolly pelage, and feet formed like hands for grasping limbs of trees. In the fore foot two of the digits oppose the other three, and in the hind the inner toe serves for a thumb. The fur is ashy-gray. The koala has one cub at a time, which is carried about by the parent for a while after leaving the pouch. The animal feeds on leaves and twigs of trees. The natives pursue it in the trees, where it is despatched with a club, or shaken off a branch to be killed or disabled by the fall. Also called native sloth, native bear, and kangaroo-bear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Male koalas mark their territory by rubbing their chests on a tree. Male koalas have a dark scent gland in the middle of their chest
    • n Koala kō-ä′lä an Australian marsupial, called also 'Native Bear.'
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In literature:

Several pigs, agoutis, kangaroos, and other rodents were seen, also two or three koalas, at which Pencroft longed to have a shot.
"The Mysterious Island" by Jules Verne
I thought I was a Koala.
"Dot and the Kangaroo" by Ethel C. Pedley
The koala poses as a small bear; the cuscus answers to the racoons of America.
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
I thought I was a Koala.
"Dot and the Kangaroo" by Ethel C. Pedley
Father said it was the koala or native bear.
"The Dingo Boys" by G. Manville Fenn
The koala is the quaintest little creature imaginable.
"Peeps At Many Lands: Australia" by Frank Fox
Bill found the two hounds playing with the koala on his return to camp that night.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
Kangaroo, koala, tepee, bayou hula, lei.
"Coming to Grips with White Knuckles" by Paul Cameron Brown
In the koala (Australian native bear), a vegetable-feeding marsupial, it is more than thrice the size of the body.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
KOALA, length of the caecum in, i.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin

In news:

Nature Cracking the Koala Code Preparing (#2913).
Cracking the Koala Code premieres nationally Wednesday May 16, 2012 at 8/7c on PBS.
Mike Tyson was a tough guy in the ring but don't put him next to a koala .
Mike Tyson No Match for Koala in Australia.
Kptm.com New Koala KB208 Oval, Wall- Mounted Baby Changing Station Now Available at Babystations.com.
I haven't really listened to any of Koala 's solo stuff so this was my first real exposure to one of his records.
I chatted with Kid Koala recently asking him about the sort of technologies used in the making of this new record, ' a lot of the machines I used were older than me.
Watch the tour trailer for Kid Koala 's 12 Bit Blues tour.
Kid Koala 12 Bit Blues tour trailer.
Find out about Kid Koala 's 12 Bit Blues from the online music source Billboard.com.
Koala Hitches a Ride in a Canoe.
Burleigh Point Outrigger Canoe Club, was paddling in Tallebudgera Creek in Australia when they spotted a koala on the bank.
Members of the Burleigh Point Outrigger Canoe Club were paddling in Tallebudgera Creek in Australia when they spotted a koala along the bank.
A koala surprises a group of people in Australia by swimming across a river towards their canoe and climbing in it.
Filmed in one shot, Kid Koala 's new video for '8 bit Blues' is undeniably awesome.