A koala drinks water from a bottle offered by a firefighter in Cuddle Creek, Australia, in December. Photo: AP
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

The Aboriginal origins of the word koala, the marsupial often incorrectly called a bear

The animal’s scientific name includes the Latin word cinerus, or ‘ash-coloured’, which has new poignancy given how many have died in Australia’s bush fires

A koala drinks water from a bottle offered by a firefighter in Cuddle Creek, Australia, in December. Photo: AP
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