Articles > English words coming from Australian Aboriginal languagesby Alexis Ulrich
English words coming from Australian Aboriginal languages
When the first settlers arrived in Australia in 1788, they established themselves in the Sydney area where the Dharug language was spoken. Many Dharug words entered English around that time, like waratah (1788), dingo (1789), boomerang (1790), koala, wallaby and wombat (1798). Alongside the further expansion of the settlement, other languages were encountered, and words borrowed: Kamilaroi (budgerigar in 1840, brolga in 1896), Yuwaalaraay (galah in 1862, bilby in 1885), Wiradjuri (gang-gang in 1833, kookaburra in 1834, corella in 1859).
The [Tab] key goes through the words list. You can then change word with the Up [↑] and Down [↓] arrow keys.