Definition of mia-mia in English:

mia-mia

noun

Australian
  • An Aboriginal hut or shelter.

    • ‘The following day, Wills was so weak, he could scarcely crawl out of the mia-mia on the south bank of the Cooper.’
    • ‘At their campsites, Aborigines constructed simple huts, called mia-mias, using stone hatchets to remove sheets of bark from trees.’
    • ‘The author challenges some previously strongly held opinions about the Aborigines: that their only shelters were frail mia-mias, that they had no attachment to a particular area of land, and that they were simple hunters and gatherers.’
    • ‘They had grown so careless that they did not think of pitching their mia-mias where no one could see them from a distance.’
    • ‘These were removed from the roofs of living shelters erected for protection from wet season rains done either on sheets of gum-tree bark that form the walls of their mia-mias, or on the roofs and walls of their rock-shelters, and represent animals and mythological gnomes and spirits, of whom they stand in dread.’

Origin

From Wathawurung (an extinct Aboriginal language) or Nyungar.

Pronunciation

mia-mia

/ˈmʌɪəˌmʌɪə/