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sugar +‎ bag


  • IPA(key): /ˈʃʊɡəbæɡ/
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sugarbag (uncountable)

  1. (Australia) wild honey
    • 1980, Daisy Utemorrah, Visions of Mowanjum: aboriginal writings from the Kimberley, page 43:
      One day Djungun said to his wives, 'I will help you to hunt for sugarbag.'
    • 1993, Grace Koch, ‎Harold Koch, Kaytetye Country: An Aboriginal History of the Barrow Creek Area:
      That way — north. And he tryin to go right to Akwerrkepentye. And he reckon he bin seein 'What's this one?' And he can hearem, you know. 'Ay, sugarbag, some one. Might be sugarbag here.' And he can hearem, 'Ah, yeah, sugarbag, all right.'
    • 1996, Records of the South Australian Museum, volume 29-30, page 71:
      Two significant resources requiring special tools were tree grubs and wild honey or 'sugarbag'.
    • 2004, Vic Cherikoff, Dining Downunder: The cook book, page 157:
      Sugarbag is a widely used colloquial Aboriginal-English name for the honey from native bees.
    • 2005, Tony Roberts, Frontier Justice: A History of the Gulf Country to 1900:
      While gathering 'sugarbag', or native honey, a day or so later, the young teenagers again came very close to being shot: The troopers were dog tired. Rosie was up in the tree chopping out a sugarbag with a stone axe.
    • 2010 September 7, Diana Plater, “Battle for Noonkanbah paid off”, in The West Australian[1]:
      They do still practise traditional hunting methods though - teaching the kids how to find sugarbag, how to fish and hunt for goannas and other animals.