[ wur-lee ]
/ ˈwɜr li /
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noun, plural wur·leys, wur·lies.Australian.
an Aboriginal person's shelter, made of branches and leaves.
a nest, especially a rat's nest.
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Origin of wurley
First recorded in 1840–50; from Kaurna (an Australian Aboriginal language, now extinct, spoken at the present site of Adelaide), recorded as wa(d)li
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Example sentences from the Web for wurley
They also used to assist me in making a wurley or breakwind whenever they shifted camp.Successful Exploration Through the Interior of Australia|William John Wills
They also used to assist me in making a wurley, or breakwind, whenever they shifted camp.A Source Book Of Australian History|Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
British Dictionary definitions for wurley
/ (ˈwɜːlɪ) /
Australian an Aboriginal hut
Word Origin for wurley
from a native Australian language
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