churinga

churinga

[choo-ring-guh]
noun, plural churinga, churingas.
an object carved from wood or stone by Aboriginal tribes in central Australia and held by them to be sacred.

Origin:
1895–1900; < Aranda jwerreŋe

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churinga (tʃəˈrɪŋɡə)
 
n , pl -ga, -gas
a sacred amulet of the native Australians
 
[from a native Australian language]

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