currawong

[ kuhr-uh-wawng, -wong ]
/ ˈkʌr əˌwɔŋ, -ˌwɒŋ /

noun

any of several large black-and-white passerine birds of the genus Strepera, of Australia, having a resounding bell-like voice.

Nearby words

  1. currant borer,
  2. currant bun,
  3. currant jelly clot,
  4. currant tomato,
  5. currantworm,
  6. currency,
  7. currency bar,
  8. currency bond,
  9. currency note,
  10. currency principle

Origin of currawong

First recorded in 1925–30, currawong is from the Dharuk word gu-ra-wa-ruŋ

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British Dictionary definitions for currawong

currawong

/ (ˈkʌrəˌwɒŋ) /

noun

any Australian crowlike songbird of the genus Strepera, having black, grey, and white plumage: family CracticidaeAlso called: bell magpie

Word Origin for currawong

from a native Australian name

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