American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of an Aboriginal people of northeast Queensland, Australia.
- n. The Pama-Nyungan language of this people, now nearly extinct.
- n. a language of Australian aborigines
- Dyirbal, tribal name. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The book's title comes from an Australian aboriginal language called Dyirbal.”
“Chloe identified herself with the project, volunteered information and analysis, worked out principles of gender in Dyirbal (involving a knowledge of Dyirbal science), developed theories of language (not all of which would win wide approval), and was virtually a co-author of parts of Dixon's published account of the Dyirbal language.”
“Imagination accounts for the Dyirbal word maralu ` a shirt, 'a word originally meaning ` hollow log' because when the Dyirbal people first saw a European pulling on a starched shirt they were reminded of a bandicoot seeking shelter in a hollow log.”
“(Indonesia) Halo Jelai (Malaysia) Tabek Jèrriais (Jersey) Bouonjour [Jirrbal, see Dyirbal]”
“(Belgium) [informal by youth] Helaba Dutch (Belgium) [informal by youth] Yoe Dutch (Belgium) [informal by youth] Hiya [Dyerma, see Zarma] Dyirbal (NE Queensland Australia) Nginda wunydjangum Dyirbal (NE Queensland Australia) Nginda bayi wunydjangum?”
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