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Any of several marine Australian fishes of the family Clupeidae, especially the round herring, Etrumeus teres, or the Australian pilchard, Sardinops neopilchardus.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Julian Tenison-Woods (1832–1889), Roman Catholic priest and scientist. Probably from an Australian Aboriginal language.
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