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n. Australian
1. An imaginary monster inhabiting swamps and lagoons.
2. An imposter; a fake.

[Wathawurrung (Pama-Nyungan language of southeast Australia) ban-yib.]


(Non-European Myth & Legend) Austral a legendary monster said to inhabit swamps and lagoons of the Australian interior
[C19: from a native Australian language]
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My maternal grandparents sent us books from Australia where they were working for the Canadian diplomatic service, so we read The Magic Pudding and the Australian Children's Annual (full of stories about bunyips and wombats and children who attended school by radio).
The book presents some Indigenous vocabulary such as min-min lights and bunyips, providing the opportunity for further word inquiries.
Foreword to Charles Fenner, Bunyips and Billabongs, Sydney Angus & Robertson, 1993, p.