coolibah


coolibah
The term coolibah is best known from the opening lines of Banjo Paterson's Waltzing Matilda: Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong Under the shade of a coolibah tree... The word is a borrowing from Yuwaaliyaay, an Aboriginal language of Northern New South Wales. In the earlier period it was was spelt in various ways, including coolabah, coolobar, and coolybah. It is term for any of several eucalypts, especially the blue-leaved Eucalyptus microtheca found across central and northern Australia, a fibrous-barked tree yielding a durable timber and occurring in seasonally flooded areas. The word is first recorded in 1893 by E. Palmer in Plants of Northern Queensland: E. microtheca.. The Coolibar or flooded box on all Gulf waters, often in flooded ground, of a crooked growth, about 30 feet high.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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  • coolibah — var. of COOLABAH. * * * coolibah see coolabah …   Useful english dictionary

  • coolibah — noun The eucalyptus tree …   Wiktionary

  • Coolibah — type of eucalypt (gum) tree with hard strong wood, very hardy, found in central Australia near inland water courses andbillabongs …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • coolibah — Australian Slang type of eucalypt (gum) tree with hard strong wood, very hardy, found in central Australia near inland water courses andbillabongs …   English dialects glossary

  • coolibah — [ ku:lɪbα:] noun a North Australian gum tree which typically grows near watercourses and yields very strong, hard wood. [Eucalyptus microtheca.] Origin C19: from Kamilaroi (and related languages) gulubaa …   English new terms dictionary

  • coolibah — coo·li·bah …   English syllables

  • coolibah — /ˈkuləba / (say koohluhbah) noun a species of eucalypt, Eucalyptus microtheca, common in the Australian inland and usually associated with areas subject to occasional inundation. Also, coolabah. {Australian Aboriginal; Yuwaalaraay (northern NSW… …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Waltzing Matilda — is Australia s most widely known country folk song, and has been referred to as the unofficial national anthem of Australia . [ [http://www.nla.gov.au/epubs/waltzingmatilda/ The National Library of Australia] retrieved 14 March 2008] The song… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Eucalyptus species — This is an alphabetical list of 734 Eucalyptus species and 3 hybrids. Hybrids are listed under the letter x (e.g., Eucalyptus x bennettiae). Contents 1 List 1.1 A 1.2 B 1.3 C …   Wikipedia


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