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[gil-gahy] /ˈgɪl gaɪ/
noun, Australian.
a small gully or ditch.
a small pond or pool of water.
Origin of gilgai
First recorded in 1895-1900, gilgai is from the Kamilaroi word gilgay Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • gilgai and Little Bob came down too; but they were too old, an' they is goin' out west again to-night when they see us away.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • "I reckon we'll have to give it best," at length said gilgai Charlie, and I could see no alternative.

    In Search of El Dorado Alexander MacDonald
  • The party camped on a small tea-tree "gilgai," or shallow water pan, and experienced another night of heavy rain with high wind.

    The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
British Dictionary definitions for gilgai


(Austral) a natural water hole
Word Origin
C19: from a native Australian language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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