Definition of bombora in English:



  • 1A wave which forms over a submerged offshore reef or rock, sometimes breaking heavily and producing a dangerous stretch of broken water.

    • ‘Evans and his crew returned victorious from the 1928-29 Surfboat Championships and set off to tackle the Bombora now breaking massively out to sea off the surf club.’
    • ‘There we met up with a Naval boat which led us out through the huge swell generated by a bombora.’
    • ‘To the south-east, just off the headland, there is a dangerous bombora at times, an area where broken waves can suddenly erupt.’
    • ‘Just a few metres off the point there is a bombora that comes up from more than 20 metres to less than 4 metres.’
    • ‘There was a huge bombora breaking to our left, and huge seas crashing on the rocks around the cliffs to our right.’
    breaker, billow, roller, comber, ripple, white horse, white cap
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    1. 1.1 A submerged offshore reef or rock.
      • ‘Navigational hazards within Sydney Harbour include the Sow and Pigs reef (just inside the entrance and well-lit) and the Gowlland Bombora.’
      • ‘The Southbound Voyage (3 nights) has an accent on the fascinating flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest islands and the outer ‘bombora’ reefs.’
      • ‘With the sounder on and eyes focused on the screen, I slowly motored the boat up and over the submerged bombora.’


1930s: from an Aboriginal word, perhaps Dharuk bumbora.