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wonga-wonga

[wong-uh-wong-uh]
noun
  1. a woody Australian vine, Pandorea pandorana, of the bignonia family, having showy clusters of yellowish-white flowers streaked with purple.
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Origin of wonga-wonga

1890–95; by ellipsis from wonga-wonga vine, perhaps to be identified with wonga-wonga a kind of pigeon < Dharuk wa-ŋa-wa-ŋa
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Historical Examples

  • Wonga-wonga, wong′ga-wong′ga, n. the large Australian white-faced pigeon—a table delicacy.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

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British Dictionary definitions for wonga-wonga

wonga-wonga

noun
  1. Also called: wonga pigeon a large Australian pigeon, Leucosarcia melanoleuca
  2. an Australian evergreen vine of the genus Pandorea or Tecoma, esp T. australis
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Word Origin

from a native Australian language
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