English: cobra (teredo) worm
Bundjalung: gumbaw
Part of Speech: noun
Related Words:
With same English translation:   gumbu  
Category: insect
Comment: a grub or teredo, which bores into water-logged wood and which is used as food by the Aborigines. Although it has the appearance of a grub it is really a bivalve mollusc (Y:Watsn); Koomboobah place of cobra (borer) (Y:Allen). Possibly gambu/gumbu; Y:Allen form suggests /u/ in first syllable, and the form is remembered as gumbo/gumba.
Gold Coast Tweed: Ydict kumbaw; Y:Kombum:PO'Conn gumbo/gumba; Y:Allen gumbo cobra (wood-borer), Koomboobah place name (no special transcription) place of cobra (borer); Y:Watsn gumbo, gumbo cobra (teredo); GC:Coomera:Sc cobora combo; GC:Coomera:police combo/co?bo


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