noun, plural chu·rin·ga, chu·rin·gas.

an object carved from wood or stone by Aboriginal tribes in central Australia and held by them to be sacred.

Origin of churinga

First recorded in 1895–1900, churinga is from the Aranda word jwerreŋe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for churinga

Historical Examples of churinga

  • They are: but I was speaking of Australian churinga nanja, of stone.

  • Among the Kaitish thunder is caused by the churinga of their “sky dweller,” Atnatu.

  • These churinga are of various sizes, down to a foot or less in length.

  • All these churinga are kept at sacred central stores, caves, or crevices.

  • Women may not go near these sacred stores, nor may they see a churinga.

British Dictionary definitions for churinga


noun plural -ga or -gas

a sacred amulet of the native Australians

Word Origin for churinga

from a native Australian language
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