[ mahy-uh-mahy-uh ]
/ ˈmaɪ əˌmaɪ ə /
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a temporary, hutlike shelter built by Aboriginal tribes in Australia.
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Origin of mia-mia
First recorded in 1835–45; from Ganay or Kurnai (Australian Aboriginal languages spoken in Gippsland, Victoria), recorded as mai-mai “camp, hut”
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How to use mia-mia in a sentence
This evening I camped very comfortably in a mia-mia, about eleven miles from the depot.
No blacks, greatly to our disappointment; took possession of their best mia-mia and rested for the remainder of the day.
I feel much weaker than ever and can scarcely crawl out of the mia-mia.
Wills had at last suddenly collapsed, and could only lie in the mia-mia, and philosophically contemplate the situation.The Red True Story Book|Various
The explorers took possession of the best mia-mia and rested.Australian Heroes and Adventurers|William Pyke
British Dictionary definitions for mia-mia
/ (ˈmiːə ˈmiːə) /
a native Australian's hut
Word Origin for mia mia
from a native Australian language
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