Meaning of coolibah in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkuːlɪbɑː/


(also coolabah)
  • A North Australian gum tree which typically grows near watercourses and yields very strong, hard timber.

    Eucalyptus microtheca, family Myrtaceae

    ‘And here, in 1875, after floods had forced them to spend days perched in an old coolibah, Frank and his sons had taken up a cattle and horse-breeding station.’
    • ‘The Dig Tree is a gnarled coolibah that stands in the burnt heart of the outback, beside the warm, green water of Cooper's Creek.’
    • ‘A message was carved into the bark of a coolibah tree.’
    • ‘By then our injured man lay crying and dying under a coolibah tree.’
    • ‘So if I wanted to clear my 450 hectares of coolibah now, what do I need to do?’


Late 19th century from Kamilaroi (and related languages) gulubaa.