from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An Australian evergreen coniferous tree (Araucaria bidwilli) having tiers of nearly whorled branches, sharp-pointed leaves, and large cones. Also called bunya pine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The native Australian name of the Araucaria Bidwilli, a very large tree, the wood of which is strong, durable, and sometimes beautifully marked. The seeds are a favorite article of food with the natives.
'That's the bunya-bunya, and the nuts are splendid roasted in the ashes
We were going through the bunya-bunya country not far from our station, when out of the Bush there came a black gin with two half-caste girls, she ran up and stopped the buggy and implored my mother's protection for her girls because the
One of the most remarkable trees they met with was the bunya-bunya, a species of pine.
"When tribes [of Australians] assembled to eat the fruit of the bunya-bunya they were not permitted to kill any game [in the district where the trees grow], and at length the craving for flesh was so intense that they were impelled to kill one of their number, in order that their appetites might be satisfied." [