churinga

[ choo-ring-guh ]
/ tʃʊˈrɪŋ gə /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. churchwoman,
  2. churchy,
  3. churchyard,
  4. churchyard beetle,
  5. churidars,
  6. churl,
  7. churlish,
  8. churlishly,
  9. churn,
  10. churn drill

Origin of churinga

First recorded in 1895–1900, churinga is from the Aranda word jwerreŋe

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British Dictionary definitions for churinga

churinga

/ (tʃəˈrɪŋɡə) /

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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