List of English words of Australian Aboriginal origin
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These words of Australian Aboriginal origin include some that are used frequently within Australian-English, such as kangaroo and boomerang. Many such words have also become loaned words in other languages beyond English, while some are restricted to Australian English.
Flora and fauna
- coolamon (wooden curved bowl used to carry food or baby)
- gin (a racially offensive word for an Aboriginal woman)
- humpy (a hut)
- lubra (a racially offensive word for an Aboriginal woman)
- marn grook
- mia-mia (a hut)
- waddy (a wooden club)
- wurlie - a hut
- Koori - Aboriginal people from Victoria and New South Wales
- Nunga - Aboriginal people from South Australia
- Murri - Aboriginal people from Queensland
- Noongar - Aboriginal people from southern Western Australia
- Palawa - Aboriginal people from Tasmania
- yabber - to talk
- yakka - work
- yarndi (slang term for marijuana)
English words often falsely assumed to be of Australian Aboriginal origin
- bandicoot (from the Telugu, pandikokku a term originally referring to the unrelated bandicoot rat)
- cockabully (from Māori kokopu)
- cockatoo (from Malay)
- didgeridoo (possibly from Irish or Scottish Gaelic dúdaire duh or dúdaire dúth [both /d̪u:d̪ɪrɪ d̪u:/] "black piper" or "native piper")
- emu (from Arabic, via Portuguese, for large bird)
- goanna (corruption of the Taíno iguana)
- jabiru (from the Spanish)
- nullarbor (Latin for no tree)'
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|For a list of words relating to with Australian Aboriginal language origins, see the Australian Aboriginal derivations category of words in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.|