waratah

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English[edit]

a Gippsland waratah, Telopea oreades
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Etymology[edit]

From Dharug warada.

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Noun[edit]

waratah (plural waratahs)

  1. Any of several species of plants in the genus Telopea, native to southeastern Australia.
    • 1941, Ernestine Hill, My Love Must Wait, A&R Classics 2013, p. 156:
      Acacias in blossom in the distance […]; leafy stipple of light and shade on the leaves, vivid flowers and bitter little fruits, and the waratah, like a blackfellow's firestick, red as a glowing coal.
  2. A Y-shaped steel fencing post or stake.

References[edit]

  • Troy, Jakelin (1994). “The Sydney Language”, Macquarie Aboriginal Words. Sydney: Macquarie Library, 61–62.