bunyip

[ buhn-yip ]
/ ˈbʌn yɪp /
Australian

noun

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

adjective

counterfeit; phony.

Origin of bunyip

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

/ (ˈbʌnjɪp) /

noun

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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