One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Australian plant which produces useful tough fibre.
Several species, in particular a small tree with shiny pointed leaves and boat-shaped leathery seed cases (Brachychiton populneus, family Sterculiaceae)
- ‘Looking east there are kurrajongs on either side of Bromley Street, planted as a memorial to the war dead.’
- ‘With this in mind, he painstakingly replanted currajongs taken from the bush to shade his driveway.’
- ‘In addition, those strange looking boab trees, tall livistona palms, beautiful water lilies, colourful kapok bushes and kurrajong trees are all special sights across this unique landscape.’
- ‘Tall desert oaks grow in the swales between the dunes, and stately desert kurrajongs dot the rolling hills between the ranges.’
- ‘The house is protected by a tree lined driveway which features Himalayan cedars, Chinese elms, white cedars, peppercorns, kurrajongs, jacarandas, bunyah trees and an abundance of olives.’
Early 19th century: from Dharuk garrajung ‘fibre fishing line’.
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