One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind of dress worn by Aboriginal women in some areas of Western Australia.‘their gina-ginas were red with road dust’
- ‘Full of laughter, they are wearing bright gina-ginas.’
- ‘They get tea and sugar and tobacco, a cake of soap and a couple of gina-ginas a year.’
- ‘They were slight, straight figures in dungaree gina-ginas.’
- ‘The gina-ginas are no more than scraps of faded blue cotton stuff on their meagre bodies.’
- ‘Thin, bony fingers grabbed at and scratched their legs, tore their gina-ginas.’
- ‘A gina-gina almost black with dust and grease, showed her bony legs and feet.’
- ‘They scrub, polish, and make gina-ginas for themselves.’
- ‘You have a good wash and I'll find you a gina-gina.’
- ‘The women tied grass and leaves from a string round their waists, before there were gina-ginas.’
- ‘A dark woman strolls by in a bright gina-gina.’
Early 20th century: probably from the Mantjiltjara dialect of Western Desert language.
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