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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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Bunyips haunt the rushy spots and places where the damp requires no English bumbershoot, no brollies, nor a gamp.
John Hinkson was last seen chasing bunyips west of Thargaminda.
Inventive vehicles such as the Gunyip which can be taken to the air, the Crabmersible which is a multi-utility vehicle that is land and water bound and special Bunyips -- "Mech" style land vehicles which are upgradeable.