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wurley

[wur-lee]
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noun, plural wur·leys, wur·lies. Australian.
  1. an Aborigine's shelter, made of branches and leaves.
  2. a nest, especially a rat's nest.
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Origin of wurley

1840–50; < Kaurna (Australian Aboriginal language, now extinct, spoken at the present site of Adelaide), recorded as wa(d)li
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Historical Examples

  • 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

  • They also used to assist me in making a wurley or breakwind whenever they shifted camp.


British Dictionary definitions for wurley

wurley

wurlie

noun
  1. Australian an Aboriginal hut
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Word Origin

from a native Australian language
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