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noun, plural mul·gas, mul·ga.
  1. an Australian shrub or small tree, Acacia aneura, forming dense growths in some areas and having foliage used as forage for livestock.
  2. an object, as an Aboriginal shield or club, made from the wood of this tree.
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Origin of mulga

1830–40; < Yuwaalaraay (Australian Aboriginal language spoken near Lightning Ridge, N New South Wales) malga
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Historical Examples of mulga

  • Most that I have seen were made of mulga (acacia) hardened by fire.

    Spinifex and Sand

    David W Carnegie

  • A few low hills, and generally level country--apparently thickly wooded with mulga and acacia.

  • To the southward a dense Mulga Scrub commences, and clothes the whole face of the hills as far as the eye can reach.

  • Mulga” scrub is a somewhat similar thicket, covering large areas.

  • Mitchell and I turned off the track at the rabbit-proof fence and made for the tank in the mulga.

British Dictionary definitions for mulga


noun Australian
  1. any of various Australian acacia shrubs, esp Acacia aneura, which grows in the central desert regions and has leaflike leafstalks
  2. scrub comprised of a dense growth of acacia
  3. the outback; bush
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Word Origin for mulga

from a native Australian language
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