a mythical creature of Aboriginal legend said to inhabit water and watercourses.
an impostor.


counterfeit; phony.

Nearby words

  1. bunyan, john,
  2. bunyan, paul,
  3. bunyanesque,
  4. bunyavirus,
  5. bunyavirus encephalitis,
  6. buon fresco,
  7. buon giorno,
  8. buona notte,
  9. buona sera,
  10. buonaparte

Origin of bunyip

1840–50; < Wergaia (Australian Aboriginal language of the Wimmera area, Victoria) banib

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British Dictionary definitions for bunyip



Australian a legendary monster said to inhabit swamps and lagoons of the Australian interior

Word Origin for bunyip

C19: from a native Australian language

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Word Origin and History for bunyip



1848, fabulous swamp-dwelling animal (supposedly inspired by fossil bones), from an Australian aborigine language.

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