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wonga-wonga

[wong-uh-wong-uh] /ˈwɒŋ əˈwɒŋ ə/
noun
1.
a woody Australian vine, Pandorea pandorana, of the bignonia family, having showy clusters of yellowish-white flowers streaked with purple.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; by ellipsis from wonga-wonga vine, perhaps to be identified with wonga-wonga a kind of pigeon < Dharuk wa-ŋa-wa-ŋa
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wonga-wonga

/ˈwɒŋəˈwɒŋə/
noun
1.
Also called wonga pigeon. a large Australian pigeon, Leucosarcia melanoleuca
2.
an Australian evergreen vine of the genus Pandorea or Tecoma, esp T. australis
Word Origin
from a native Australian language
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