Laughing jackass
Laughing Laugh"ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster]

{Laughing falcon} (Zo["o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); -- so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh.

{Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide, or protoxide of nitrogen

{Laughing goose} (Zo["o]l.), the European white-fronted goose.

{Laughing gull}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A common European gull ({Xema ridibundus}); -- called also {pewit}, {black cap}, {red-legged gull}, and {sea crow}. (b) An American gull ({Larus atricilla}). In summer the head is nearly black, the back slate color, and the five outer primaries black.

{Laughing hyena} (Zo["o]l.), the spotted hyena. See {Hyena}.

{Laughing jackass} (Zo["o]l.), the great brown kingfisher ({Dacelo gigas}), of Australia; -- called also {giant kingfisher}, and {gogobera}.

{Laughing owl} (Zo["o]l.), a peculiar owl ({Sceloglaux albifacies}) of New Zealand, said to be on the verge of extinction. The name alludes to its notes. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Laughing jackass — Jackass Jack ass , n. [2d jack + ass.] [1913 Webster] 1. The male ass; a donkey. [1913 Webster] 2. A conceited dolt; a perverse blockhead; disparaging and offensive. [1913 Webster] {Jackass bark} (Naut.), a three masted vessel, with only the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laughing jackass — n. KOOKABURRA …   English World dictionary

  • laughing jackass — noun The kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae). Syn: jackass kingfisher, gogobera, kookaburra …   Wiktionary

  • laughing jackass — noun 1. Australian kingfisher having a loud cackling cry • Syn: ↑kookaburra, ↑Dacelo gigas • Hypernyms: ↑kingfisher • Member Holonyms: ↑Dacelo, ↑genus Dacelo 2. almost extinct …   Useful english dictionary

  • laughing jackass — noun Date: 1798 kookaburra …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • laughing jackass — kookaburra. [1780 90; so called because of its loud braying sound] * * * …   Universalium

  • Laughing jackass — kookaburra …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • laughing jackass — Australian Slang kookaburra …   English dialects glossary

  • laughing jackass — n. large Australian kingfisher that has a loud cackling call and feeds on reptiles and birds, kookaburra; nearly extinct owl of New Zealand …   English contemporary dictionary

  • laughing jackass — noun Austral. dated the kookaburra …   English new terms dictionary

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