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  • n. Any of a number of eucalyptus trees of central and northern Australia, in particular Eucalyptus microtheca.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In western Queensland, a tree, Eucalyptus microtheca, the wood of which is reddish brown, remarkably hard, heavy and elastic, and useful in building. Also called goborro, and by the colonists bastard, black, or flooded box.


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From Gamilaraay.


  • The low ranges and hills support sparse Acacia shrublands while the drainage lines and associated floodplains support river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), coolibah (E. coolibah), and yapunyah (E. ochriophoia) woodlands, Mitchell Grass (Astrebla spp.) grasslands or herblands.

    Eastern Australia mulga shrublands

  • The watercourses of the region are lined with low open coolibah (Eucalyptus coolibah) woodlands while swamps contain Muehlenbeckia and Chenopodium shrublands, Eragrostis australasica grasslands, or ephemeral herblands.

    Simpson desert

  • Interdune areas may also include gidgee (Acacia geoginea) or coolibah woodlands on drainage lines.

    Simpson desert

  • Ephemeral lakes of the Barkly Tableland support communities of bluebush (Chenopodium auricomum) and/or coolibah (E. coolibah) low open woodlands.

    Mitchell grass downs

  • Lake Woods is one of the most important breeding grounds in inland northern Australia and the coolibah swamps of Lake Tarrabool are the largest in tropical Australia.

    Mitchell grass downs

  • Occasional drainage lines possess mixed communities of red river gum (Eucalyptus camuldulensis), coolibah (E. coolabah), and paperbarks (Melaleuca spp.).

    Mitchell grass downs

  • To the north, near the New South Wales – Queensland boundary, original vegetation was grassy open woodland, with coolibah trees (Eucalpytus microtheca) over a cover of Mitchell grass (Astrebla lappacea).

    Southeast Australia temperate savanna

  • Common species on alluvium include Eucalyptus camaldulensis, E. tereticornis, E. coolibah, and E. largiflorens.

    Brigalow tropical savanna

  • Once there was a mayor man who sat beside a bilabong under the shade of the coolibah tree.


  • Afterwards he propped the rake against the coolibah tree.

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  • Also spelled coolabah: a species of gum or eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus microtheca.

    Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong

    Under the shade of a coolibah tree.

    -- A.B. Paterson, "Waltzing Matilda"

    February 7, 2007