wongawonga

wonga-wonga

[wong-uh-wong-uh]
noun
a woody Australian vine, Pandorea pandorana, of the bignonia family, having showy clusters of yellowish-white flowers streaked with purple.

Origin:
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)
 
n
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
 
[from a native Australian language]

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