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- proper noun An
indigenous Australian languagespoken in the central part of Victoria, around Melbourne.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Ingamells took it from the glossary of James Devaney's The Vanished Tribes 1929, where it was said to mean 'to annex, to join'; it comes from Wuywurung or Woiwurrung, an extinct language of the Melbourne area that is not even listed in Ethnologue.
I may be wrong, but I think I've heard somewhere that bunyip's from Woiwurrung one of the languages formerly spoken in the Melbourne area.
I don't think most Australians would equate a bunyip with the rainbow serpent, even if that's what the Woiwurrung word means.