Definition of mulga in English:


Syllabification: mul·ga
Pronunciation: /ˈməlgə


(also mulga tree or bush)
  • 1A small Australian acacia tree or shrub with grayish foliage, forming dense scrubby growth and yielding brown and yellow timber.
    • Acacia aneura, family Leguminosae
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    • Here the public and shooters hang dead feral cats from an old mulga, and at any time there may be dozens of the stinking carcases dangling like macabre Christmas decorations.
    • All around us we see southern Australia with mulga trees outside.
    • Wood such as mulga, ironwood, redgum and desert oak is used.
  • 1.1An area of scrub or bush dominated by the mulga plant.
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    • They walked on in silence after that, blindly stumbling through the patches of thick mulga scrub.
    • It runs for about 25 kilometres, but it doesn't run in a square, it sort of runs in stages around this lovely big piece of mulga sand plain that Peter's chosen as the ideal spot.
    • Make no mistake about it; there is an art to driving your huge tyred monster through the swamps, mulga and rain forest.
  • 1.2 (the mulga) Australian informal The outback.
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    • You can forget about the spinifex country and most of the mulga country.
    • Making camp in the Mulga we drew water from the Bore for showers & washing, settling in for a well deserved day off.
    • They spent weeks camping out in the mulga.


mid 19th century: from Yuwaalaraay (an Aboriginal language of New South Wales).

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