Definition of myall in English:

myall

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪəl
 
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noun

  • 1An Australian acacia tree with silvery foliage sometimes used as fodder.
    • Genus Acacia, family Leguminosae: several species, in particular A. pendula, which has violet-scented timber
  • 2Australian An Australian Aboriginal living in a traditional way.
    More example sentences
    • I was told that they shot down myalls up and down the Lander River for many miles.
    • The luluing of the famished myall mingled with the howl of the hunting dingo.
    • Telfer's accounts of this and other pitched battles with ‘myalls’ might be dismissed by the sceptic as unsupported hearsay.

Origin

mid 19th century (in sense 1): sense 2 from Dharuk myal, miyal 'person from another tribe'; sense 1 is perhaps an unexplained transferred use of sense 2.

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