bunya bunya

noun
bun·​ya bun·​ya | \ ¦bənyə¦bənyə \
variants: or bunya or bunya pine
plural -s

Definition of bunya bunya

: an Australian coniferous tree (Araucaria bidwillii) bearing seeds about two inches long which have the flavor of roasted chestnuts when ripe and are a staple food of the aborigines among whom the tree is hereditary property and is protected by law

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History and Etymology for bunya bunya

Australian bunya bunya, bunya, perhaps from bunya shade

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“Bunya bunya.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunya%20bunya. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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