or gil·gie


noun Australian.

a small gully or ditch.
a small pond or pool of water.

Origin of gilgai

First recorded in 1895–1900, gilgai is from the Kamilaroi word gilgay Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gilgai

Historical Examples of gilgai

  • Gilgai and Little Bob came down too; but they were too old, an' they is goin' out west again to-night when they see us away.

    In Search of El Dorado

    Alexander MacDonald

  • "I reckon we'll have to give it best," at length said Gilgai Charlie, and I could see no alternative.

    In Search of El Dorado

    Alexander MacDonald

  • The party camped on a small tea-tree "Gilgai," or shallow water pan, and experienced another night of heavy rain with high wind.

    The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine

    Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine

British Dictionary definitions for gilgai



Australian a natural water hole

Word Origin for gilgai

C19: from a native Australian language
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