boobyalla

noun
boo·​by·​al·​la | \ ˌbübēˈalə \
variants: or boobialla
plural -s

Definition of boobyalla

1 : an Australian wattle (Acacia longifolia)

called also native willow

2 : any of several Australian trees of the genus Myoporum having alternate leaves and flowers in clusters (especially M. acuminatum)

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History and Etymology for boobyalla

borrowed from bubiala in a language of the Southeastern Tasmanian family

Note: Cf. R.M.W. Dixon et al., Australian Aboriginal Words in English: Their Origin and Meaning, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 108.

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“Boobyalla.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boobyalla. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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