One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tall coniferous Australian tree related to the monkey puzzle, bearing large cones containing edible seeds.
Araucaria bidwillii, family Araucariaceae
- ‘On the Black Snake trail, there were eucalyptus trees everywhere, but also a couple of famous trees, called bunya pines, that drop cones every three years, something that used to be the occasion for celebrations by Aboriginal peoples.’
- ‘As the seasons came round, they gathered for feasts of bogong moths or bunya nuts.’
- ‘Although his stand generated much publicity, the fate of the bunya pine and other trees remained uncertain, with last-minute negotiations coming to a close between the city council and Woolworth's at press time.’
- ‘Who's for savoring emu, kangaroo, or skate wing dusted with bunya nut?’
Mid 19th century: from Wiradhuri.
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