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mulga

EnglishEdit

Mulga trees
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EtymologyEdit

From Gamilaraay malga.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmʌlɡə/
  • IPA(key): /ˈməʉlɡə/[ˈmɔʊlɡɐ] (Australian)

NounEdit

mulga (plural mulgas)

  1. (Australia) Any of a number of small acacia trees, especially Acacia aneura, forming dense scrub in dry inland areas of Australia.
    • 1981, Joseph Michael Forshaw, William T. Cooper, Australian Parrots, page 246,
      Ford (1969) points out that it is distributed from southern Northern Territory and northern South Australia west through mulga country of the Gibson and Great Victoria Deserts to the coast of Western Australia.
    • 1983, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Stock, The Queensland Journal of Agriculture and Animal Science, Volumes 40-42, page 68,
      This paper describes a preliminary field experiment designed to examine the effect of supplementing sheep fed mulga with several proprietary licks and a more comprehensive field experiment to evaluate the effect of the most promising lick fed with cottonseed meal.
    • 1996, Lynn Baker, Mingkiri: A Natural history of Ulu−ru by the Mu−titjulu Community, page 26,
      There are several different types of mulga, and Anangu know the different food which comes from them. For example, insects make a thing like a small apple on the pakuta (horse mulga). This one is good to eat but there is another one on a different sort of mulga which is not edible.
    • 2002, Brad Collis, CSIRO (Australia), Fields of Discovery: Australia′s CSIRO, page 15,
      The return of mulgas, native grasses and other shrubs was finally giving wildlife researchers some hope that numerous animals on the endangered species list might yet be saved if their ecosystems could be restored.
  2. (Australia, colloquial, in combination) The outback.
    • 1901, Jack Mathieu, ‘That Day at Boiling Downs’, Australian Ballads & Short Stories, Penguin 2003, p. 263:
      I'd forgotten for a moment you are not all mulga-bred [...].
  3. Something made from the wood of a mulga tree.
  4. A mulga wire.

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