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[loo-bruh] /ˈlu brə/
noun, Australian: Offensive.
an Aborigine girl or woman.
Origin of lubra
1840-50; probably < Southeastern language of Tasmania lubərə Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So, pointing to them, he asked what was in the fire, and the blackfellow replied with one word "lubra."

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • Their families generally were on the opposite side of the river, but one man had his lubra and two children on our side of it.

  • Dawn was a Mordvinian girl; in Australia she was a lubra addicted to lubricity.

    Modern Mythology Andrew Lang
  • The woman is also a good representative of the Victorian lubra.

    Australian Pictures Howard Willoughby
  • Mr. Browne assured him that he was quite certain I should not only cut off the lubra's head, but his too.

  • Women don't dislike being bullied, if it is done in the right way—haven't I seen it the world over, from lubra to dowager?

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for lubra


(Austral) an Aboriginal woman
Word Origin
C19: from a native Australian language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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