Definition of burrawang in English:


(also burrawong)


  • 1An Australian cycad with palmlike leaves and a sunken underground trunk.

    Macrozamia spiralis, family Zamiaceae

    • ‘Up the slope of the mountain the scrub is less, and massed burrawangs hang out their fronds as if to repel the wanderer.’
    • ‘In the foreground are burrawangs and beautiful native wattle in flower.’
    • ‘Spotted gums with a canopy of burrawangs form the main plant community in the park.’
    • ‘Hardy brush box, native elm and tuckeroo tower on the ridge tops above the low understorey of palm-like burrawangs.’
    • ‘Further afield there are grevilleas, burrawangs, tree ferns, huge native grass trees and towering gums to get lost in.’
    1. 1.1 The poisonous nut of the burrawang, which becomes edible after prolonged soaking.
      • ‘The original terrain was full of eucalypt, figs, geebungs, yams and burrawang nuts.’
      • ‘Burrawang is a nut that is present only in the coastal fringes.’


Early 19th century: from Dharuk.