Glossary

Glossary of language words used by holders of song during interviews.

Barran
Definition

(noun) Boomerang. (Ash et al. 2003, p. 35).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Bilaarr
Definition

(noun) Spear. (Ash et al. 2003, p. 38).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Bina
Definition

(noun) ear. In most Aboriginal societies the ear is seen as the instrument or seat of intelligence and perception. Therefore, there are many words and expressions based on ear. (Ash et al. 2003, p. 39).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Birray
Definition

(noun) boy. (Ash et al. 2003, p. 41)

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Bulaar
Definition

(adjective) two (Ash et al. 2003, p. 44).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Bundi
Definition

(noun) club. Long handled club or waddy with round knob on the end. Used now as a general word for ‘club’. (Ash et al. 2003, p. 46).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Burruguu
Definition

(noun) time of creation, dreamtime. One source (Ash et al. 2003, p. 48).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Butchulla
Definition

The language group from the Fraser coast region which includes: Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island and surrounding areas (Fred Leone 01 November 2018). 

Buwadjarr
Definition

(noun) father. According to Langloh-Parker, women and uninitiated men were not allowed to use the word Baayami to talk about the Creator, instead they used Buwadjarr to talk about the Creator Spirit. Sometimes pronounced ‘boy-jarr’. (Ash et al. 2003, p. 52).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Corroboree
Definition

The coming together of clans in storytelling, song and dance.

Dhawan
Definition

(noun) earth, ground, dirt. (Ash et al. 2003, p. 59).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Dhuwi
Definition

(noun) Soul, spirit (human). A person’s dream spirit that travels about at night. (Ash et al. 2003, p.69).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Gamilaraay/Gomeroi/Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi
Definition

Gamilaraay (noun) 1. Gamilaraay tribe. 2. Gamilaraay language, from gamil (meaning ‘no’) and –araay (meaning ‘with, having’); that is, having gamil for ‘no’. Older speakers generally put the emphasis on the first syllable. ‘Kamilaroi’ and ‘Gamilaroi’ are two common spellings. It has been spelt many other ways (Ash et al. 2003, p. 78)

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Gii
Definition

(noun, adjective) heart. (Ash et al. 2003, p.86).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Gulibaa
Definition

(adjective) three (Ash et al. 2003, p. 93).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Gunagala
Definition

(noun) 1. Sky. 2. Heaven. (Ash et al. 2003, p. 95).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Lap-laps
Definition

Dance uniform (Boe Spearim 23 October 2018). 

Maal
Definition

(adjective) one (Ash et al. 2003, p. 104).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Ochred up
Definition

The act of preparing for a performance, involves painting up and getting into the dancewear (Boe Spearim 23 October 2018). 

Warruwi
Definition

(noun) pathway. One source. (Ash et al. 2003, p. 140).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Winanga-y
Definition

(verb-transitive) understand. (Ash et al. 2003, p. 143).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.

Yawar
Definition

to sing and dance

Language Groups
Butchella, Kabi, Yugarapul
Alternative Spellings
yawa, jawa, yawaa
Yinarr
Definition

(noun) Aboriginal woman (Ash et al. 2003, p. 155).

Ash, A., Lissarrague, A. and Giacon, J. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay & Yuwaalayaay dictionary. Alice Springs: IAD Press.