Bundjalung Dictionary

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Bundjalung English Category Dialect
jani-janihny nail body_part Middle Clarence [more]
mundjah, munydjah naked Middle Clarence [more]
mundur, mundjah naked body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
mundur naked, bare, treeless area ; treeless area (naked, bare) plant Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ngarima- name Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyari name Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyarima- name Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyariba- name ; give name to ; call Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
mundja, munydja name of a man people Middle Clarence [more]
garinybaw name of a place on Rocky River, furthest from Tabulam in Wahlubal country ; Rocky River, name of a place on (furthest from Tabulam in Wahlubal country) location Middle Clarence [more]
jununggay name of a place on the Rocky River on the first big turn past Tabulam location Middle Clarence [more]
jirigay name of an old 'king' ; old 'king', name of an people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
ngarah?wal name of branch of Bandjalang living between Tweed Heads and Southport people Middle Clarence [more]
ngarahngbal name of dialect spoken in Coolangatta (Gold Coast) area ; Coolangatta (Gold Coast) area , name of dialect spoken in ; Coolangatta (Gold Coast) area dialect language Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
walehng name of place along Rocky River about 5 km from Tabulam location Middle Clarence [more]
ngayaram name of place between Tabulam and Pretty Gully ; Tabulam and Pretty Gully, name of a place between location Middle Clarence [more]
dirahnggan name of place on a hill where spirit woman lives, and where no-one may go location Middle Clarence [more]
dunggaliba (?) name of the language ; language, name of language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
jindjung name or nickname of an Aboriginal man ; Aboriginal man, name or nickname of people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jinggun name or nickname of an Aboriginal woman ; Aboriginal woman, name of nickname of people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyundil name, Aboriginal people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
gulumgan name, new, given to a woman when one of the same name has died ; new name given to a woman when one of the same name has died language Lower Richmond [more]
dimbahlgan namesake (fem) people Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
dimbahng namesake (masc) people Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ganggar nape of neck ; neck body_part Gold Coast Tweed, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
durbin nape of neck ; neck, nape of body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nerang(g)i(?) Narangy location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nabur narrow body_part Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyugum nasal mucus ; mucus, nasal ; semen body_part Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gudjir native bee (one type) ; bee, native (one type) ; native bee, small ; small native bee ; bee, native (small) insect Gold Coast Tweed, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gabeh native bee, grey ; honey of native grey bee insect Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nugay bargal bargal native bee, small insect Gold Coast Tweed [more]
bandjim(gan) native cat ; cat, native animal Gold Coast Tweed [more]
manyah native country Gold Coast Tweed [more]
mayil native elm ; elm, native plant Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jagul native land natural_environment Gold Coast Tweed [more]
ginunbuhn native root ; root, native plant Gold Coast Tweed [more]
mulang nausea body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jinimir navel body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
jur-jur navel body_part Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ngihnadjur navel body_part Middle Clarence [more]
ninyimir navel body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nurgir near location Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yanggirah near location Middle Clarence [more]
-may near ; vicinity location Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ngehr near ; vicinity location Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yanggirahbu nearer side, on location Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
mulang(g)a-warahla nearly Gold Coast Tweed [more]
dagal nearly ; almost Gold Coast Tweed, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
wuhru neck body_part Middle Clarence [more]
wuru neck body_part Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
magany-magany neck and neck language Middle Clarence [more]
galgari(h)(l) necklace made of grass beads ; grass bead necklace artifact Gold Coast Tweed [more]
bigin.gah needle stringy-bark (Wu) ; stringybark tree (Cop) ; tree, stringybark (Cop) plant Middle Clarence, Copmanhurs [more]
buridjam nephew people Middle Clarence [more]
baridjang nephew (man's sister's child) ; man's sister's child (nephew) people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
dalgaybar Nerang tribe people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
junindi, jindi nest bird All [more]
jindi nest, bird's ; bird's nest ; nest bird Gold Coast Tweed, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
galay net bag artifact All [more]
yawang net for wallabies artifact Gold Coast Tweed [more]
-gay neuter gender Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
guru, guruga never mind! (Wa) Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
balinggal new people Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ngubuyah new ; young Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
baling new ; young ; fresh Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gulum new name given to a man when one of the same name has died ; name (new) given to a man when one of the same name has died language Lower Richmond [more]
buyahy news ; message language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
dundul news, second-hand ; gossip language Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
ngahn, ngahnduwal Ngahnduwal dialect language Gold Coast Tweed [more]
ngahnduwal Ngandowal ; Tweed Valley dialect language Gold Coast Tweed [more]
ngehn, ngehndu Ngehnduwal dialect language Gold Coast Tweed [more]
janydjahl nibble ; suck food Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
janydjahl ba- nibble ; suck ; chew food Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gandjalgan nice ; pretty people Lower Richmond [more]
buridjamgan niece people Middle Clarence [more]
nyuguhndjargan, nyuguhn.girgan niece people Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
dubin night time Lower Richmond [more]
mulan night natural_environment Middle Clarence [more]
ngahguny night time Copmanhurs [more]
nguguy night natural_environment Middle Clarence [more]
ngularun night time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
ngandir night ; dark ; black time Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence [more]
nyinahla, yinahla night ; night-time time Gold Coast Tweed [more]
ngagu night ; quiet place (Gd:Smy only) natural_environment Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
jubuny night ; tonight natural_environment Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nindunybah Nindooinba location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
wadja no Copmanhurs [more]
yagumba no Gold Coast Tweed [more]
yugambeh no language Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yugam, yugum no Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yugumbi no (Gn) Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yugumbe no ; none Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yugam, yagam, jugam, yugam(beh) no ; not Gold Coast Tweed, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yugam, yugambe no ; not Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond [more]
yagam, yagambeh no ; not ; none Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yarengbal noise ; sound Middle Clarence [more]
gur-gurbay noise made by stamping around with the feet (Wa) ; stamping or bumping noise (Gd) ; stamping around with the feet, noise made by (Wa) ; bumping or stamping noise (Gd) Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
durubal noise of footsteps Gold Coast Tweed [more]
yargahy noise of rustling in leaves or grass plant Middle Clarence [more]
jalgaybal noise of tree limbs creaking ; tree limbs creaking, sound of plant Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
wulbi- noise, make Middle Clarence [more]
galgulang Noisy Friar Bird ; Leatherhead bird Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
bihm-bim Noisy Miner ; Yellow-throated Miner ; Miner, Yellow-throated ; Miner, Noisy bird Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
jalany-gali noisy person ; someone who makes too much noise people Middle Clarence [more]
-li(h) nominaliser Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gumbiny, gumbuny none ; no more Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
dum normal ; pleasant plant Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gugin north ; north people location Gold Coast Tweed, Middle Clarence [more]
muru nose body_part Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
nyun nose body_part Gold Coast Tweed [more]
baray not very Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
yagambu not yet Middle Clarence [more]
nyangdjahn nothing Middle Clarence [more]
manyahl notorious liar ; liar, notorious people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
bayahnydjang now ; just now ; immediately time Middle Clarence [more]
bayahny now ; today ; today still time Gold Coast Tweed, Lower Richmond, Middle Clarence, Condamine Upper Clarence, Copmanhurs [more]
gabir nulla nulla artifact Condamine Upper Clarence [more]
gumbiwan- numerous, become Middle Clarence [more]
nyaminbah Numinbah location Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyang, nyangbal Nyangbal people Gold Coast Tweed [more]
nyangbal Nyangbal dialect language Middle Clarence [more]
nyihmbuy Nymboida location Middle Clarence [more]
nyulabal Nyulabal language or dialect name language Lower Richmond [more]
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