Bundjalung Dictionary

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Bundjalung English Category Dialect
gugari mad (M) senses Gold Coast Tweed [more]
garenggi, garehnggi mad ; insane senses Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
galamarin magpie bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gulamari (?) magpie bird Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gulamburan magpie bird Gold Coast Tweed, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gulgurang magpie bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gurahmburuhn, gulamburan magpie bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
wurguluhm Magpie ; Magpie, Black-backed ; Magpie, White-backed bird Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gibir mahogany tree (Wa) ; Turpentine Tree plant Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yuwiny, yuwihngbil Mahogany, White plant Gold Coast Tweed, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ganimaya- make Lower Richmond [more]
gindjibila- make Gold Coast Tweed [more]
mana-, mani- make Lower Richmond [more]
nyang- make Middle Clarence [more]
yaga- make Gold Coast Tweed [more]
yunga- make Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
num bunda- make (someone) return Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
-ga make ; cause to be Middle Clarence [more]
guwihgarma- make ; dig a hole animal Middle Clarence [more]
ginyara- make a bed ; bed, make a Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
galgirma- make a canoe ; take in canoe ; canoe artifact Middle Clarence [more]
ngumbinda- make a house Gold Coast Tweed [more]
binda- make a net ; net, make a artifact Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gur-gur ba- make a noise stamping around with the feet ; stamping around with the feet, noise made by Middle Clarence [more]
gunihba- make do ; allow to do Middle Clarence [more]
bugalma- make good ; good, make ; repair ; mend ; fix ; cure ; improve Middle Clarence [more]
yunama- make lie down ; put down ; put, to ; place, to Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
jaluma- make smoke food Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jahnama- make stand ; stand (something) ; make stop ; put ; leave (something) standing Middle Clarence [more]
dandurma- make strong ; make hard location Middle Clarence [more]
banyarma warima- make well by doctoring body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
-ba make, to ; cause to Middle Clarence [more]
buhyiyan male Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
buyu male Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
wangan (?) male Gold Coast Tweed [more]
wang(g)an (?) male Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gunum, gunam male black possum ; black possum, male ; possum, black and male animal All [more]
wuyang male's brother-in-law people Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mulehnganeh Mallanganee location Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
madja man (boss?) people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
bagil, bangin man 40-50 years old ; 40-50 year old man people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
baygal man ; person ; adult people Middle Clarence [more]
janganyan man from the west people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jugah-gali man who likes to drink ; drink, man who likes to people Middle Clarence [more]
wuruhraban man's personal name ; personal name, man's people Lower Richmond [more]
buhrdjam man's sister's son ; nephew (man's sister's son) people Lower Richmond [more]
burihgam man's wife's brother's son ; nephew-in-law (son of a man's wife's brother) people Lower Richmond [more]
baygal man, dark-skinned of any race ; Aboriginal ; Aboriginal people people Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence, Copmanhurs [more]
marugan man, mature (young) ; bachelor ; initiated man ; man, initiated ; one initiated through the First Rule of the tribal Law ; young man (Gd) people Gold Coast Tweed, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
balang man, small and active, standard character in Bundjalung stories ; standard character in Bundjalung stories language Middle Clarence [more]
yirahli man, white ; white man people Lower Richmond [more]
jabihnginy man-eating spirit-being (male) ; spirit-being, man-eating (male) language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
malandjali Manaldjahli ; Manandjahli language Gold Coast Tweed [more]
manalgali Manaldjahli clan location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jangigir mangrove plant Gold Coast Tweed [more]
balgan many natural_environment Middle Clarence [more]
gulah many plant Lower Richmond [more]
gumbihnybar many Middle Clarence [more]
jindihn many Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gananbihn many (?) Lower Richmond [more]
garalbu many ; lot, a ; plenty ; all Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gumbih many ; much ; all Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
garahl, gara(h)lbu many ; plenty Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
gumbi many ; plenty ; all Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mabehr many ; plenty ; all Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
wagan march fly (NG:Gresty) ; fly, ordinary (Fowlr) insect Gold Coast Tweed [more]
bahny march-fly ; fly, march- insect Middle Clarence [more]
wahl mark Gold Coast Tweed [more]
-bu marks agent or transitive subject and instrument used for an action Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyubani married couple people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
dubanygur married man ; man, married people Middle Clarence [more]
gandji-, ganydji- married to, be Middle Clarence [more]
gandjili- married, be language Middle Clarence [more]
jung-jung marrow ; brain body_part Gold Coast Tweed, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ngunyang marrow ; pus body_part Gold Coast Tweed, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
jundjung marrow; pith ; brain body_part Middle Clarence [more]
yahrba- marry language Middle Clarence [more]
yaraba- marry language Gold Coast Tweed [more]
yarba- marry language Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gandjili-, ganydjili- marry ; married, be language Middle Clarence [more]
-giny masculine suffix Middle Clarence [more]
bama- massage (Gd) ; rub ; paint Gold Coast Tweed, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mahdja, mahsta master ; boss people Lower Richmond [more]
mahdja master ; boss ; employer people Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
dabahy mature (of chrysalis about to turn into butterfly) insect Middle Clarence [more]
guram maybe ; perhaps Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gim maybe ; perhaps ; possibly ; probably ; might (possibility) Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
bangbang McPherson Range (at the Border Gate, Lindesay Hwy) location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nganyi me Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ngadjah me, for Middle Clarence [more]
ngaya(h) me, for Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
bugul meaning unknown Middle Clarence [more]
baygam meat food Gold Coast Tweed [more]
yuri meat food Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gigam meat (raw) food Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
jiman meat ; flesh ; muscle body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
mih bulahnggi- meet face-to-face Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
bawur bulahngi- meet head on ; head on, to meet Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yiyili- meet together Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyabaywen- melt Middle Clarence [more]
mumga(h)- mend ; sew Gold Coast Tweed [more]
muh merely ; casually Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
buyay message ; news language Middle Clarence [more]
yahrum meteor ; falling star ; comet natural_environment Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gumbar methylated spirit ; metho artifact Middle Clarence [more]
garambah midday time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
garambay, garambah midday time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gihl middle location Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
juwe middle location Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gihl middle ; centre Middle Clarence [more]
gilgil middle ; centre Middle Clarence [more]
jawaya middle, in the ; between location Lower Richmond [more]
bangin middle-aged man (40-50 years) ; man (middle-aged) (40-50 years) people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gidjuhm-gidjuhm middle-aged man ; man, middle-aged people Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
minduhr middle-aged man ; man, middle-aged people Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ju(h) middle? ; half? ; half-way? location Middle Clarence [more]
gulgilngahgu midnight time Middle Clarence [more]
juwang midnight time Middle Clarence [more]
juwangah midnight time Middle Clarence [more]
miganbar(i) Migunburry clan people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
ngamahbil milk body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
ngamang, ngahmang milk ; breast, woman's body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
milang milk, cow's ; cow's milk animal Gold Coast Tweed [more]
balin-balihn minah, noisy; bird, soldier bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gidji (?) mine (Gn) Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mihnyangbal Minyangbal people Middle Clarence [more]
minyangbal Minyungbal ; language spoken about Tweed Heads (Fergn), name of a language Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
minyangbal Minyungbal dialect(s) language Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gurnguhrwan- misbehave Middle Clarence [more]
garahygan mischief ; trouble Middle Clarence [more]
gulnguhr mischievous ; troublesome bird Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mugul-gali mischievous person people Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
garahyganwan- mischievous, become Middle Clarence [more]
juhlany miserable ; poor ; unfortunate Middle Clarence [more]
bagarbaya- miss ; fail to hit Middle Clarence [more]
juhwar mist, ground inversion natural_environment Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nganah mistake ; error bird Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mawga- mix language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
jararburma- mix ; mingle Middle Clarence [more]
guniny mixed up Middle Clarence [more]
mugambin Mogumbin location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
mumuhm Momm?_m language Gold Coast Tweed [more]
giran Mommom's corroboree language Gold Coast Tweed [more]
banggu money artifact Gold Coast Tweed [more]
mani money artifact Gold Coast Tweed [more]
munggulam Monkcollum location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
mubal Mooball location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gidjan moon natural_environment Copmanhurs [more]
ngigam moon natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gibam moon ; month natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence, Copmanhurs [more]
gibamgir moonlight natural_environment Middle Clarence [more]
murunbul Mooroonbool Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
guhnggur mopoke bird Lower Richmond [more]
janunggahybay moral and spiritual guardian ; 'godparent' ; guardian, moral and spiritual language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
janunggahy moral or spiritual guardianship ; guardianship, moral or spiritual ; moral guardianship ; spiritual guardianship language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mudjang more Gold Coast Tweed [more]
garal more ; many ; lot, a ; all ; plenty ; mob everything Gold Coast Tweed [more]
-djang more ; very Middle Clarence [more]
guran Moreton Bay Ash (Gn) ; Ash, Moreton Bay (Gn) plant Gold Coast Tweed, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
bugam, bugambil (bunambil M:Liv) Moreton Bay Chestnut ; Bean Tree ; beanpod of the Moreton Bay Chestnut ; shoe ; boot plant Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
murumurugambiny Moreton Island location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
budjarah, budjarahbu morning time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
mulagan morning (Gd) ; dawn (Wa) ; early morning ; morning star ; morning, early ; star, morning time Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mulagan, mulaga morning, (this) time Lower Richmond [more]
gihnyin mosquito insect Middle Clarence [more]
ginyin mosquito insect Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence, Copmanhurs [more]
mandjur mosquito insect Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
mundjur, munydjur mosquito insect Gold Coast Tweed, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ginying mosquitoes ; taboo word insect Lower Richmond [more]
gin.gin moss plant Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ngundjulahm, nguhnydjulahm moss plant Middle Clarence [more]
garal-banggil most Gold Coast Tweed [more]
giniyan (?) moth insect Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
jalngay-ngahriyan, jalngay moth ; butterfly ; firefly ; fireflies ; dancing coloured lights ; coloured lights, dancing insect Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gunihng mother people Middle Clarence [more]
guning, gunihng mother people Middle Clarence [more]
gununy, guwinuny mother people Lower Richmond [more]
mahmi mother people Middle Clarence [more]
nabang mother people Lower Richmond [more]
wadjung- mother people Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
-ging mother (?) people Middle Clarence [more]
wadjung, wadjangbir mother ; mother's sister ; aunt, maternal people Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
wadjung, wadjang, wayung mother ; mother's sister ; aunt, maternal people Gold Coast Tweed, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
wadjung(gan), wayun(g), wihyang mother-in-law people Middle Clarence [more]
wihyang, wadjung(gan), wayun(g) mother-in-law people Middle Clarence [more]
buruhl mountain (main range or peak) natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jaragumbiny mountain name location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jugal mountain name location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
migani mountain name location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
duwehning mountain near Mt Barney natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
dugay mountain spur ; spur of mountain natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gayan dugun mountain, high natural_environment Lower Richmond [more]
dugun murigarah mountain, large natural_environment Copmanhurs [more]
dugalbihny mountain, small natural_environment Copmanhurs [more]
babahndilu mourning Middle Clarence [more]
mugulbil mourning period for dead ; dead, mourning period for language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gundur bidjang-galang mouse animal Gold Coast Tweed [more]
diyang mouth Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gahmbay mouth body_part Middle Clarence [more]
jehng mouth body_part Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
jehny mouth body_part Middle Clarence [more]
jehyang mouth body_part Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mulang mouth body_part Lower Richmond [more]
gambay mouth (?) body_part Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
jawba mouth (?) body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jayang, jehng mouth ; beak ; lip body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jeyang, jehng, jayang mouth ; beak ; lip body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
guwa- move Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yuybandi- move ; shift ; change residence Middle Clarence [more]
gindilu walanggi- move along on knees while in a kneeling position ; crawl using the knees Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yugira- move away Gold Coast Tweed [more]
yuhdji- move away Middle Clarence [more]
yudji- move oneself Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ngulung bura-, ngulung-buhyi- move to the front senses Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mihm movement Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
baga-bagah Mt Barney location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
budjurguhmu Mt Barney location Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
budjurngu Mt Barney location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
galagadjan Mt Beehive location Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gundulbunbi, gundulbunbi(-be) Mt Ladybrook (where the two stone dogs are) location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jalgambuny Mt Lindesay location Gold Coast Tweed, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
wangalbung Mt Tamborine location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
wulambiny Mt Warning location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
dalgal, dalgar mud natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
dan.gar mud natural_environment Middle Clarence [more]
wabamaridju mud natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
wabum mud natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jalang, jilang mud ; dirt ; clay, wet ; wet clay natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jilang, jelang, jalang mud ; dirt ; wet clay ; clay, wet natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jubi, jubeh mud crab, species of ; crab, mud (species of) fish Gold Coast Tweed [more]
bamgahmba Mud Island location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
madjir mud, sticky ; diarrhoea body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
madjirbah, madjarbah Mudgeeraba location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
galgalan mulberry bird ; bird, mulberry bird Gold Coast Tweed [more]
ganihng mullet fish Gold Coast Tweed [more]
garim mullet fish Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gudjam mullet fish Middle Clarence [more]
ngaruhn Mullet, Pink-eyed ; Pink-Eyed Mullet fish Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
guyang mullet, sea ; sea mullet fish Gold Coast Tweed [more]
malibambay Mullumbimby location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
ganduhnbay munching sound (Gd) ; gnawing sound (Gd) ; noise of gnashing teeth (Wa) body_part Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
guridjir, guridja mundic (?) ; fool's gold ; iron pyrites ; gold, fool's ; pyrites, iron natural_environment All [more]
mundulgan Mundoolun location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
mungguhmbil Mungoonbil ; passionfruit, wild fruit similar to location Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
man.gur mun.guhn Mungoora mungoon plant Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
dulehng murder natural_environment Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
munmuhn ba- murmur language Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
munmuhnbay murmuring sound ; sound of muffled voices ; voices (muffled), sound of ; muffled voices, sound of Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
marim Murrim location Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mar-wilambah Murwillumbah location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
muy-wulambiny Murwillumbah location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
wiranggiruh, wayrangiruh Murwillumbah clan people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
wahr muscle body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nahr-balang muscular ; strong Gold Coast Tweed [more]
muhlgan (?) mushroom plant Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
bilimbin mushroom ; toadstool plant Gold Coast Tweed [more]
galgalimay music language Middle Clarence [more]
ngahrima- music, make Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
murdjam musk duck ; duck, musk bird Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ngurang mussel fish Gold Coast Tweed [more]
dugunum mussel (Cas) ; cockle (Cas) ; shellfish species fish Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yugir mussel ; pipis ; ugarie ; eugarie fish Gold Coast Tweed [more]
ngarun mussel ? fish Middle Clarence [more]
malang mussel, black ; black mussel fish Lower Richmond [more]
bimbim mutton bird bird Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nganyah my (own) ; mine Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
-gara my ; our Middle Clarence [more]
nganyahgan my daughter ; daughter, my people Lower Richmond [more]
guramanunya my tale is told language Gold Coast Tweed [more]
dalagan myrtle tree plant Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jayany, yawany myrtle tree ; tree, myrtle plant Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
bariyahnbe mythological dog, name of a animal Gold Coast Tweed [more]
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