Definition of bush tucker in English:

bush tucker

noun

Australian, NZ
informal
  • 1Food, typically uncooked, from plants and animals native to the Australian outback:

    ‘he can live on bush tucker in places where most people would starve’
    • ‘Bush tucker is fantastic in terms of its nutritional content.’
    • ‘She takes doctors on trips to teach them about traditional medicines and bush tucker.’
    • ‘James says bush tucker is coming into vogue, with renewed interest across the community in foods native to our land.’
    • ‘Drawing on 40,000 years of knowledge, Aborigines will teach 10 overweight young Britons how to survive on bush tucker in the TV series.’
    • ‘You can walk into the hills and beyond to collect bush tucker, and hunt kangaroo.’
    • ‘Graham, who learnt from his father and other Barkinji elders, is a walking encyclopedia of traditional bush tucker.’
    • ‘He first began eating the brown bogong moths 11 years ago while researching a book on bush tucker eaten by Aborigines.’
    • ‘Louise plans to visit Darwin where they do safari tours to Aboriginal art sites and help you find your own bush tucker on the way.’
    • ‘Hunting and gathering for bush tucker is a favourite pastime among most age groups.’
    • ‘If we go looking for bush tucker or hunting we teach our children not to destroy or break branches off trees.’
  • 2Foods regarded as typical of Australia's colonial past:

    ‘the dish is a new twist on bush tucker’
    [as modifier] ‘they served a bush tucker meal of roast lamb with damper and billy tea’
    • ‘Some of them have since thrown up their job on the ground that bush tucker did not suit them.’
    • ‘His numerous friends are hoping for the best, but fear that the hard bush tucker and the change of liquor from P. and O. squash to spring water and billy-boiled tea will be his undoing’
    • ‘"I can only offer you some bush tucker," said Lance, smiling, "mutton, damper, and tea".’
    • ‘The camp fires begin to scintillate from one end of the rush to the other and 2,000 hungry men sit down to bush tucker of the roughest sort.’
    • ‘A week of fishing and swimming, of bush tucker and general relaxation, and everyone returned fit once more to face the season's rigors.’
    • ‘I open up a few tins an' in no time I've fixed us a good bush tucker meal of sausage stew.’
    • ‘Give me the old bush tucker and bush life before it all. A man's his own master there, live as he likes.’
    • ‘Military food is certainly not so hard as bush tucker, upon which these men have developed strong, healthy bodies.’
    • ‘His party rallied him on being a poor traveller unable to enjoy bush tucker.’
    • ‘There is no proof that the migrant, taking him in the bulk, ever gets properly "acclimatised" to our bush tucker.’