Definition of mulga in US English:

mulga

noun

  • 1A small Australian acacia tree or shrub with grayish foliage, forming dense scrubby growth and yielding brown and yellow timber.

    Acacia aneura, family Leguminosae

    • ‘Much of this carpet of herbs is on shallow gravelly and stony soils, too poor for buffel, or under mulga trees.’
    • ‘Angepena Station is hidden away in the Northern Flinders Ranges in country varying from a parkland appearance to some very hilly country covered by shrubs, native pines, black oak and mulga.’
    • ‘All around us we see southern Australia with mulga trees outside.’
    • ‘But the gentle slope soon became much steeper as they straddled fallen trunks of mulga and mallee, sidestepped unstable boulders and clambered over perilous rock ridges.’
    • ‘You see clouds of tiny, smoky blues around the base of mulga trees.’
    • ‘Wood such as mulga, ironwood, redgum and desert oak is used.’
    • ‘A few metres into this little wood, and it feels like another world, the fans of mulga branches spreading above me, patches of delicate ferns growing between clumps of grass underfoot.’
    • ‘I have enough of them and head into the bush, towards some big mulga trees.’
    • ‘Here the public and shooters hang dead feral cats from an old mulga, and at any time there may be dozens of the stinking carcases dangling like macabre Christmas decorations.’
    • ‘The land types are diverse: ranges, some sandhill country, and large mulga stands - some of the largest remaining stands of old growth mulga, according to Mr Schrader.’
    • ‘Widgety bushes and mulga were the main fodder trees, but new plants of these species had no chance of getting beyond the seedling stage.’
    1. 1.1 An area of scrub or bush dominated by the mulga plant.
      • ‘It's a cameraman's film and mostly about riding dangerously through mulga, about rounding up scrub bulls, about branding and marking with the mass of Mt Leichhardt rising up in blue splendour beyond.’
      • ‘You can always walk around the spinifex and mulga down there.’
      • ‘Make no mistake about it; there is an art to driving your huge tyred monster through the swamps, mulga and rain forest.’
      • ‘A hundred years ago, Bilbies were common in many habitats throughout Australia, but are now restricted to a few northwestern desert regions and arid mulga and spinafex grasslands.’
      • ‘These are resurrection ferns, like the ones in the mulga wood.’
      • ‘It runs for about 25 kilometres, but it doesn't run in a square, it sort of runs in stages around this lovely big piece of mulga sand plain that Peter's chosen as the ideal spot.’
      • ‘They walked on in silence after that, blindly stumbling through the patches of thick mulga scrub.’
    2. 1.2the mulgaAustralian informal The outback.
      • ‘They spent weeks camping out in the mulga.’
      • ‘You can forget about the spinifex country and most of the mulga country.’
      • ‘Within a week we were navigating our way through the mulga with great verve and confidence.’
      • ‘Making camp in the Mulga we drew water from the Bore for showers & washing, settling in for a well deserved day off.’
      • ‘The Maverick quiver takes care of all your gear when you are out in the field or in the mulga.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Kamilaroi, Yuwaalaraay, and other Aboriginal languages of New South Wales and South Australia.

Pronunciation

mulga

/ˈməlɡə/