One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A horse of a typically light breed from Australia, especially from New South Wales.
- ‘This year is the 100th anniversary of the Australian Light Horse Regiment and many of the horses they used were known as Walers.’
- ‘The theme for this year's march is ‘the Year of the Horse’, and a feature of the launch was the guest appearance of a Waler horse, typical of the thousands of Walers used by the Army last century.’
- ‘The Waler, bred originally from the pastures of Hunter Valley stock-horses, first made names for themselves with the Light Horsemen at the turn of the 20th century.’
- ‘The other quarter I fancy owed itself to a drop of Waler blood in her genealogy, from one of the thousands of Australian horses shipped to the Middle East in 1914 as Cavalry remounts.’
2informal A native or inhabitant of Australia, especially New South Wales.
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