List of English words of Australian Aboriginal origin

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These words of Australian Aboriginal origin include some that are almost universal in the English-speaking world, such as kangaroo and boomerang. Many such words have also become loan words in other languages beyond English, while some are restricted to Australian English.

Flora and fauna[edit]


Aboriginal culture[edit]

Describing words[edit]

Place names[edit]


  • Kylie (Noongar word for "throwing stick")
  • Narelle (possibly a back-formation of Sydney suburb Narellan)

Aboriginal-sounding words not of Aboriginal origin[edit]