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1A small, fast-running stream.
2Australian NZ historical, slang Australian and NZ slang a cook, especially an army cook, or one who caters for a party or camp of musterers, shearers, etc.; compare "babbler" (now chiefly historical).
Early 18th century; earliest use found in James Thomson (1700–1748), poet.
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