One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tall Australian plant of the arum family, with edible corms.
Alocasia macrorrhiza, family Araceae
- ‘When the Latins were here they named it Pyura stolonifera, but indigenous and other native-born Australians and others call it cunjevoi, or just plain cunji.’
- ‘The cunjevoi is a poisonous plant with inedible, reddish fruits.’
- ‘Amazingly, a lot of fishermen don't seem to realize cunjevoi grows on estuary racks and is very easy to collect.’
- ‘It supports many plant species including the rainforest trees, ground ferns, tree ferns, zamias, cunjevois, cordylines or palm-lilies, native bananas, palms, climbing plants and epiphytes.’
2An Australian sea squirt used as fishing bait.
Pyura praeputialis, class Ascidiacea
- ‘They range in size from tiny zooids that live together in large matrix materials to large solitary individuals such as the cunjevoi.’
- ‘The cunjevoi is a sea squirt that is commonly found along the low tide mark on rocky shores.’
- ‘Cranky cunjevois are just part of an incredible array of uniquely Australian marine life that might benefit from the new housing.’
- ‘It is used by fishermen as bait, and loggerhead turtles are often seen eating cunjevoi.’
- ‘Bulcock Beach lifesaver Kate Stow said she suspected the creature was a cunjevoi but could not be sure, so they had to take proper precautions.’
Late 19th century (in cunjevoi (sense 1)): of Aboriginal (probably Queensland) origin. cunjevoi (sense 2) dates from the early 20th century.
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