Definition of bunya in English:


Syllabification: bun·ya
Pronunciation: /ˈbənyə
(also bunya pine or bunya-bunya)


  • A tall coniferous Australian tree of the monkey puzzle family that bears large cones containing edible seeds.
    • Araucaria bidwillii, family Araucariaceae
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    • Although his stand generated much publicity, the fate of the bunya pine and other trees remained uncertain, with last-minute negotiations coming to a close between the city council and Woolworth's at press time.
    • Who's for savoring emu, kangaroo, or skate wing dusted with bunya nut?
    • As the seasons came round, they gathered for feasts of bogong moths or bunya nuts.


mid 19th century: from Wiradhuri.

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