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

Origin of brolga

1895–1900; < Kamilaroi or Yuwaalaraay (Australian Aboriginal language spoken near Lightning Ridge, N New South Wales) burralga
Also called native companion. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

Word Origin for brolga

C19: from a native Australian language
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