corroboree

noun

cor·​rob·​o·​ree kə-ˈrȯ-bə-rē How to pronounce corroboree (audio)
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1
: a nocturnal festivity with songs and symbolic dances by which the Australian aborigines celebrate events of importance
2
Australia
a
: a noisy festivity
b
: tumult

Examples of corroboree in a Sentence

quite a corroboree when Britain's royal couple paid a visit to Sydney
Recent Examples on the Web In Australia, the tiny black-and-yellow Southern corroboree frog was nearly pushed to extinction by the fungus. Jonathan Kolby, National Geographic, 7 Apr. 2016 The late Lin Onus's paintings depict water lilies -- the habitat of the southern corroboree frog, of which there are now fewer than 100 in the world. Leanne Mirandilla, CNN, 2 July 2017 In Australia, the tiny black-and-yellow Southern corroboree frog was nearly pushed to extinction by the fungus. Jonathan Kolby, National Geographic, 7 Apr. 2016

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Word History

Etymology

Dharuk (Australian aboriginal language of the Port Jackson area) garaabara

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of corroboree was in 1811

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“Corroboree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corroboree. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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