Definition of cunjevoi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌndʒɪvɔɪ/


1A tall Australian plant of the arum family, with edible corms.
  • Alocasia macrorrhiza, family Araceae
Example sentences
  • When the Latins were here they named it Pyura stolonifera, but indigenous and other native-born Australians and others call it cunjevoi, or just plain cunji.
  • Amazingly, a lot of fishermen don't seem to realize cunjevoi grows on estuary racks and is very easy to collect.
  • It supports many plant species including the rainforest trees, ground ferns, tree ferns, zamias, cunjevois, cordylines or palm-lilies, native bananas, palms, climbing plants and epiphytes.
2An Australian sea squirt used as fishing bait.
  • Pyura praeputialis, class Ascidiacea
Example sentences
  • Bulcock Beach lifesaver Kate Stow said she suspected the creature was a cunjevoi but could not be sure, so they had to take proper precautions.
  • Cranky cunjevois are just part of an incredible array of uniquely Australian marine life that might benefit from the new housing.
  • It is used by fishermen as bait, and loggerhead turtles are often seen eating cunjevoi.


Late 19th century (in sense 1): of Aboriginal (probably Queensland) origin. sense 2 dates from the early 20th century.

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