English: good, pleasant, beautiful, nice, quiet
Bundjalung: bugal
Part of Speech: adjective
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Comment: good or pleasant; sometimes bugwal; good, well; possibly bawgal in Y:Allen, Y:Watsn and older sources, see bawgal; also means 'well' (Yw); Y:Watsn states 'at Tweed Heads bunyarra'; cf banyar, banyahr. Bugalwen.gahla / bugalun.gahla / bugaln.gahla 'is good' Wa; bugalma- 'to do well, do carefully' Gd; does not take gender suffixes (Wu:Calley).
Gold Coast Tweed: Y:Sha:Culhm bugal; Y:Holm; Y:Allen good, well baugull, comparative baugull-gulle, superlative baugull-bungil; Y:Watsn baugul, bau'g
Lower Richmond: Bj:Sha:Turnbl bugal good; Bj:TMcD:Morgn bugal; Bj:Holm:Fergn bugal, bugala good; Bj:Sc:Coraki. Bj:Sc:Coraki5/1903 bogal good or pleasant; Wi:Curr:Richmd boogol good; Ny:Sc:Ballina5/1903 bowwall good. bowrall pleasant;
South West: Wa:Crowl; We:Gordn good; Wu:Calley bogal; Wa:Sc:Tabulm:Hargrv bo-well good, boo-well pleasant; Cas:Smy bogol good, bogoldjan;g
Condamine Upper Clarence: Gd:Geyt good, pleasant, beautiful, nice; Gd:Sci:Woodnbng booal; Gd:Sc:JThomas UClarnce bowgul good; Gn:Mathew bokal, bogal good, quiet;

Bundjalung : Mala dabahy bugal namalihgu mahny mani. (from W)

English: 'That dog is good at catching kangaroos.'


Bundjalung : Bugalmah mala guybah bulang. (from W)

English: 'Cook the meat properly.'


Bundjalung : Nyanggur male bugal jabihgu? (from Ca)

English: 'Is that alright to eat?'


Bundjalung : Gale bugaldjang malahnyi. (from W)

English: 'This is better that that.'


Bundjalung : Mahnyu bugalngehn baygal. (from G)

English: 'They are good men.'

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