One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounAustralian, NZ
Food; a meal.‘must be nearly time for mungaree’
- ‘The old waggon pulled up near an olive grove, and we ate our mungaree among ancient, grey-leaved trees.’
- ‘We get plenty of mungaree but I know that the Civil population are very hard pressed’
- ‘It was as welcome to me as the sight of the stores was to the rest of the squadron when I arrived back at the head of a team of pack-mules with the much-coveted mungaree.’
- ‘Eggs are cooked by the thousand as mungaree for soldiers.’
- ‘Must be nearly time for mungaree.’
- ‘I filled in the morning trying to finish the sketch and nearly got through, but mungaree-time and frozen fingers hauled me up.’
- ‘He shook him off, like a horse shaking off a fly, said "mungaree" and proceeded toward the restaurant.’
Mid 19th century: corruption of Italian mangiare ‘to eat’.
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