or gil·gie

[ gil-gahy ]
/ ˈgɪl gaɪ /

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

  • 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
  • "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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for gilgai


/ (ˈɡɪlɡaɪ) /


Australian a natural water hole

Word Origin for gilgai

C19: from a native Australian language
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