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  1. a large Australian crane, Grus rubicunda, with silvery-gray plumage and a red patch on the head, noted for its elaborate courtship dance.
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Origin of brolga

1895–1900; < Kamilaroi or Yuwaalaraay (Australian Aboriginal language spoken near Lightning Ridge, N New South Wales) burralga
Also called native companion.
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Historical Examples

  • The brolga, or native companion, is a handsome Australian bird of the crane family.

    Peeps At Many Lands: Australia

    Frank Fox

British Dictionary definitions for brolga


  1. a large grey Australian crane, Grus rubicunda, having a red-and-green head and a trumpeting callAlso called: Australian crane, native companion
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Word Origin

C19: from a native Australian language
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