from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of an Aboriginal people of northeast Queensland, Australia.
  • n. The Pama-Nyungan language of this people, now nearly extinct.

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  • n. An ergative Australian Aboriginal language of the Dyirbalic branch of the Pama-Nyungan family.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 1

  • 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.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 1

  • (Indonesia) Halo Jelai (Malaysia) Tabek Jèrriais (Jersey) Bouonjour [Jirrbal, see Dyirbal]

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