[jib-er, gib-]
verb (used without object)
to speak inarticulately or meaninglessly.
to speak foolishly; chatter.
gibbering utterance.

1595–1605; origin uncertain; perhaps frequentative of gib (obsolete) to caterwaul (see gib2); sense and pronunciation influenced by association with jabber Unabridged
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gibber1 (ˈdʒɪbə)
1.  to utter rapidly and unintelligibly; prattle
2.  (intr) (of monkeys and related animals) to make characteristic chattering sounds
3.  a less common word for gibberish
[C17: of imitative origin]

gibber2 (ˈɡɪbə)
1.  a stone or boulder
2.  (modifier) of or relating to a dry flat area of land covered with wind-polished stones: gibber plains
[C19: from a native Australian language]

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rock- and pebble-littered area of arid or semi-arid country in Australia. The rocks are generally angular fragments formed from broken up duricrust, usually silcrete, a hardened crust of soil cemented by silica (SiO2). The gravel cover may be only one rock fragment deep, or it may consist of several layers buried in fine-grained material that is thought to have been blown in. A gibber is generally considered a result of mechanical weathering because silica is almost inert to chemical weathering.

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