- an Australian shrub or small tree, Acacia aneura, forming dense growths in some areas and having foliage used as forage for livestock.
- an object, as an Aboriginal shield or club, made from the wood of this tree.
Origin of mulga
1830–40; < Yuwaalaraay (Australian Aboriginal language spoken near Lightning Ridge, N New South Wales) malga
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Examples from the Web for mulga
Most that I have seen were made of mulga (acacia) hardened by fire.Spinifex and Sand
David W Carnegie
A few low hills, and generally level country--apparently thickly wooded with mulga and acacia.Explorations in Australia
To the southward a dense Mulga Scrub commences, and clothes the whole face of the hills as far as the eye can reach.A Crime of the Under-seas
“Mulga” scrub is a somewhat similar thicket, covering large areas.
Mitchell and I turned off the track at the rabbit-proof fence and made for the tank in the mulga.Children of the Bush
- any of various Australian acacia shrubs, esp Acacia aneura, which grows in the central desert regions and has leaflike leafstalks
- scrub comprised of a dense growth of acacia
- the outback; bush
from a native Australian language
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