from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabulous animal supposed to inhabit water-holes and rivers.
- n. An impostor.
The bunyip, a fearsome swamp creature that is to Australia what the Loch Ness monster is to Scotland and the sea serpent is to the world, has come into the news again.
Nobody knows exactly what a bunyip looks like. Some say it has the head of an emu and swims down rivers looking for people to gobble up.
Their dreaded enemy the Bunyip had suddenly appeared among them, and, as his wonted time of coming was New Year's Eve, his unexpected presence in their midst a week earlier threw the whole bush into an even greater state of panic than usual.
This word comes from Wemba-wemba, an aboriginal language of southeast Australia.