Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several Australian trees of the genus Brachychiton, especially B. populneus, having yellowish or reddish flowers and woody seed pods, and often planted as an ornamental.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as currajong: the name is also applied to a number of other malvaceous and sterculiaceous trees or shrubs yielding strong bast-fibers from which the natives make cordage, nets, or matting. See the phrases below.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Australia Any of a number of species of tree or shrub in the genus Brachychiton.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun widely distributed tree of eastern Australia yielding a tough durable fiber and soft light attractively grained wood; foliage is an important emergency food for cattle

Etymologies

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

[Dharuk garrajuŋ, fishing line made from the bark of the tree.]

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From Dharug garrajung ("fishing line"), from the use made of the bark.

Examples

  • A ten-mile strip of special soil runs through it: a deep-red and grey sandy loam over a lime subsoil that grows cattle and kurrajong trees beautifully, said Eric, who grew both through his Cumberdeen years.

    Wildwood

  • A ten-mile strip of special soil runs through it: a deep-red and grey sandy loam over a lime subsoil that grows cattle and kurrajong trees beautifully, said Eric, who grew both through his Cumberdeen years.

    Wildwood

  • From somewhere close by, a kurrajong warbled, and another joined in chorus.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • The sheets of bark, having holes pierced through each in pairs, were then tied on the rafters with cords twisted of the inner rind of the kurrajong tree.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • The brown kurrajong (COMMERSONIA ECHINATA) exhibits it even more conspicuously, and, when the dusty white flowers — displayed in almost horizontal planes — are buffeted by the winds and the white undersides of the leaves are revealed, the whole style of the tree is transformed as a demure damsel is by tempestuous petticoats.

    Tropic Days

  • Nitrogen metabolism and digestibility studies with Merino sheep given kurrajong (Brachychiton populneum), mulga (Acacia aneura) and native grass

    Chapter 10

  • They stood beneath the dense shade of a splendid kurrajong, and lazily flicked the flies off themselves while Frank Hawden held the reins and waited for me.

    My Brilliant Career

  • Taking with me a bountiful supply of figs, apricots, and mulberries, I laid myself out for a deal of enjoyment in the cool dense shade under the leafy kurrajong - and cedar-trees.

    My Brilliant Career

  • I camp beneath a kurrajong with three good cattle-men;

    A Book for Kids

  • It is made of fine twine (one-inch mesh), preferably from the bark of one of the fig-trees or the brown kurrajong, tightly stretched on two pieces of lawyer-cane each bent to form the half of an irregular ellipse.

    Tropic Days

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