Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mythical Australian monster, said to inhabit swamps and lagoons.
  • n. An imposter or con-man.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fabulous animal supposed to inhabit water-holes and rivers.
  • n. An impostor.

Etymologies

Wemba-wemba (Aboriginal language of southeast Australia) banib.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Wathawurung ban-yib. (Wiktionary)

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  • See the last thumbnail image here.

    October 8, 2009

  • NOUN:
    Australian
    An imaginary monster inhabiting swamps and lagoons.
    An imposter; a fake.
    ETYMOLOGY:
    Wemba-wemba (Aboriginal language of southeast Australia) banib

    August 21, 2009

  • See špas.

    February 26, 2009