Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One. of several Australian acacias, affording a hard and useful scented wood. The Victorian myall is Acacia homalophylla. It has a dark-brown wood, sought for turners' work, and used particularly for tobacco-pipes; from its fragrance the wood is sometimes called
violet-wood. Another myall is A. acuminata of western Australia, its wood scented like raspberry, and making durable posts and excellent charcoal. Others are A. pendula and A. glaucescens, the latter prettily grained but less fragrant.
- n. A wild and independent native Australian.
- n. plural By transference, wild cattle.
- Aboriginal, perhaps a transferrative use of Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)
“Towards the river the country is wooded with a kind of myall, but not the drooping acacia.”
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“At six miles crossed a grassy creek of several channels, with myall and gum, but no water, running to north-east, nearly along our line.”
“At eight miles and a half struck three creeks joining at about a quarter of a mile to the east; the centre one is gum, and the other two myall.”
“Crossing thence, we met two small myall-creeks running north-east with birds upon them.”
“The vegetation of this district is poor; the myall is scarce, but the mulga (Acacia aneura) generally plentiful.”
“At one mile a myall and gum creek; at three miles another gum creek; at seven miles a very large and broad gum creek, spread out into numerous channels.”
“At six miles on this course camped on a myall creek.”
“Crossed another creek, at twenty miles, with myall and stunted gums running over a plain in numerous courses.”
“Travelled for nine miles and a half over another large and well-grassed plain of the same description; thence over some low stony hills to a myall flat, the soil beautiful, of a red colour, covered with grass; after four miles it became sandy.”
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