One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An Australian acacia tree with silvery foliage sometimes used as fodder.
Genus Acacia, family Leguminosae: several species, in particular A. pendula, which has violet-scented timber
2Australian An Aborigine living in a traditional way.
- ‘The luluing of the famished myall mingled with the howl of the hunting dingo.’
- ‘I was told that they shot down myalls up and down the Lander River for many miles.’
- ‘Telfer's accounts of this and other pitched battles with ‘myalls’ might be dismissed by the sceptic as unsupported hearsay.’
Mid 19th century (in myall (sense 1)): sense 2 from Dharuk myal, miyal ‘person from another tribe’; sense 1 is perhaps an unexplained transferred use of sense 2.
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