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bunyip

[ buhn-yip ]
/ ˈbʌn yɪp /
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noun
a mythical creature of Aboriginal legend said to inhabit water and watercourses.
an impostor.
adjective
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Origin of bunyip

First recorded in 1840–50; from Wergaia (an Australian Aboriginal language of the Wimmera area, Victoria) banib
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British Dictionary definitions for bunyip

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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