English: Aboriginal man, person, face, know (Wi), Aboriginal(s) (M)
Bundjalung: mibiny
Part of Speech: noun
Related Words: mibiny   primary meaning appears to be 'face' (Gd); 'Aboriginal man' in Yugambeh and Minyangbal   mibiny is 'Aboriginal man' in northern dialects   face in Wa   and 'person   face' in Gd; Y:Watsn form suggests mibany 'Aborigine   male   elder'; cf  
With same English translation:  
Category: people
Comment: See also mibiny, primary meaning appears to be 'face' (Gd); 'Aboriginal man' in Yugambeh and Minyangbal, mibiny is 'Aboriginal man' in northern dialects, face in Wa, and 'person, face' in Gd; Y:Watsn form suggests mibany 'Aborigine, male, elder'; cf. baygal, also attested; jinaba given by AT:Curr:LandsWh probably 'they'; mibinygir 'some or many dark people' (Y:Holm:Logn), mibingirni (acc.), mibinygirna (gen.) (Y:Holm), GC:Nerang:police lists mibiny (mebbon) as 'drowned man', probably 'Ab
Gold Coast Tweed: Y:Sha:Culhm mibiny Aboriginal man; Y:Holm man (Curry , Logn) , dark man , black fellow , dark people (Logn); Y:Allen maibin aborigine; Y:Watsn m
Lower Richmond: Bj:Holm:Fergn mibi
South West: Wa:Crowl face;
Condamine Upper Clarence: Gd:Geyt face, person, know;

Bundjalung : Jagun gali mibinyal. (from Y:Holm:Log)

English: 'This land belongs to the dark people.'


Bundjalung : mibinyba (from Y:Holm:Log)

English: 'to the dark men'


Bundjalung : Mibinydju giyehni jabungi galgayah jali. (from Y:Sha:Culh)

English: 'The man told the boy to chop the tree.'


Bundjalung : Mamale gamagay/bidjanggalang jalgany. (from Y:Sha:Culh)

English: 'That woman is big/small.'


Bundjalung : yabur mibiny (from M:S)

English: 'a black man'

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