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Ngunnawal or Ngunawal is an Australian Aboriginal language, the traditional language of the Ngunawal people.

Classification

Ngunawal is currently classified as a sub-tribe of the larger Ngarigu/Ngarigo dialect area that covers the limestone plains of Monaro/Maneroo in NSW to ACT across the Monaro tableland through to the Australian Alpsmarker of NSW/VIC Snowy Mountainsmarker.

Prominent place names

Some meanings for Ngunawal words:

Other Ngarigo/Ngarigu words









  • Other explanations for street names in Ngunawal sub-tribe Ngarigo language listed by the ACT planning and land authority [186517]:
    • Bargang - yellow box
    • Bimbiang - shield
    • Birrigai - to laugh
    • Budyan - birds
    • Bunburung - small lizard
    • Burin - stringy bark
    • Burrai - quick
    • Bunduluk - rosella
    • Berra - boomerang
    • Bamir - long
    • Balbo - kangaroo rat
    • Bural - day
    • Gamburra - flowers
    • Giliruk - pee wee
    • Gunyan - slow
    • Gurubun - koala
    • Karrugang - magpie
    • Kudyera - fighting club
    • Mirrabei - the name for tribal elder Matilda Sissy Williams (died 1973)
    • Mulleun - eagle
    • Murrung - lizard
    • Mundawari - bandicoot
    • Nangi - see or look
    • Walga - hawk
    • Warabin - curlew
    • Warrumbul - youth
    • Wirria - tree goanna
    • Yerra - to fly like a bird
    • Yerrabi - to walk
    • Yumba - eel


  • Narragunnawali - means 'alive/well-being/ coming together' as used in the Peace Park near the National Library. [186518]




  • umbagong - axe [186520] Umbagong district park in Belconnen was named after this.


Possible Ngunawal words

  • gang-gang - name for a 'small black cockatoo' (possibly the only non-locality Ngunawal word in current use - for the Gang-gang Cockatoo, although the word is claimed as being of Wiradhuri origin by another source.) [186521]


  • Gungahlin - name for a district in Canberra, which gets its name from the homestead built in 1862 by Edward Crace called 'Goongarline' , which is said to be an aboriginal word for 'white man's house', or mean 'wonderful' or 'beautiful'. [186522]


  • Yhar - running water (town of Yassmarker named after this, where many Ngunawal people had camped.) [186523]

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