Definition of bogong in US English:


(also bogong moth)


  • A large brown moth native to southern Australia, formerly used as food by Aborigines.

    Agrotis infusa, family Noctuidae

    • ‘As the seasons came round, they gathered for feasts of bogong moths or bunya nuts.’
    • ‘The bogongs, I am reliably informed, normally migrate from Queensland to the Snowy Mountains in October.’
    • ‘Recently concern has mounted about arsenic levels in the Bogong Moths.’
    • ‘Who would support him if he chose controversially to burn off part of the Lane Cove River Park that was home to a distinctive family of bogong moths?’
    • ‘I sense above the rotting bodies of bogong moths in Canberra an especial stench around the events of last Thursday.’


Mid 19th century: from Ngayawung (an Aboriginal language).