corroboree

noun
cor·​rob·​o·​ree | \kə-ˈrȯ-bə-rē, -ˈrä-\

Definition of corroboree 

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

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Examples of corroboree in a Sentence

quite a corroboree when Britain's royal couple paid a visit to Sydney

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In Australia, the tiny black-and-yellow Southern corroboree frog was nearly pushed to extinction by the fungus. Jonathan Kolby, National Geographic, "How to Rescue These Adorable Tree Frogs," 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, "Indigenous art lights up the Sydney Opera House," 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, "How to Rescue These Adorable Tree Frogs," 7 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of corroboree

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corroboree

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

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