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gunyah

[guhn-yuh] /ˈgʌn yə/
noun, Australian
1.
an aboriginal hut or shelter.
2.
any crude bush hut or shelter.
Origin of gunyah
1790-1800
1790-1800; < Dharuk gu-n'i
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  • Black Joe's father, old Black Jimmie, lived in a gunyah on the rise at the back of the sheepyards, and shepherded for my uncle.

    Over the Sliprails Henry Lawson
  • He went away to his gunyah then, and except doing one or two things for Starlight would not lift his hand for any one that day.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • Backing precipitately out of the gunyah, he turned round before rising upright—and remained upon his knees after all.

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • We used to keep our ammunition and other articles in one gunyah, and all three of us lived together in another.

  • He then gave Mr. Burke a letter and his watch for his father, and we buried the remainder of the field-books near the gunyah.

    A Source Book Of Australian History Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
  • By night-fall they reached their first night's camp, where they found the "gunyah" very acceptable.

    The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
  • As we rode up we could see a gunyah made out of boughs, and a longish wing of dogleg fence, made light but well put together.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • The only other sign of Stingaree was a hank of rope flung carelessly across the gunyah roof.

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • The meat curing was as usual a slow process, there being no salt, and a gunyah having to be made to smoke it in.

    The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
  • Bowen's answer was to hand his weapon over to Kilbride and to creep into the gunyah on his hands and knees.

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for gunyah

gunyah

/ˈɡʌnjə/
noun
1.
(Austral) a bush hut or shelter
Word Origin
C19: from a native Australian language
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