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bunya

noun
  1. a tall dome-shaped Australian coniferous tree, Araucaria bidwillii, having edible cones (bunya nuts) and thickish flattened needlesAlso called: bunya-bunya, bunya-bunya pine
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Word Origin

C19: from a native Australian language
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  • Bunya, a corruption of the word common in Bengal generally, is usually applied to the native grain-dealer.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3

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