bunyip
A man-eating monster of Australian Aboriginal legend. Descriptions of it vary greatly. Some give it a frightful human head and an animal body. Most descriptions emphasise its threat to humans and its loud booming at night. It inhabits inland rivers, swamps, and billabongs. The word comes from the indigenous Wergaia language of western Victoria. First recorded 1845.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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