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mulga

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌlɡə
 
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Definition of mulga in English:

noun

1 (also mulga tree or bush) A small Australian acacia tree or shrub with greyish foliage, which forms dense scrubby growth and yields brown and yellow timber.
  • Genus Acacia, family Leguminosae; several species, especially Acacia aneura
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [mass noun] An area of scrub or bush dominated by mulgas.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Kamilaroi, Yuwaalaraay, and other Aboriginal languages of New South Wales and South Australia.

Words that rhyme with mulga

vulgar

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