One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small white-flowering Australian tree that is resistant to drought and a valuable source of fodder. In North America, it is also planted as an ornamental.
- ‘There are many examples of companion planting as well as native wilgas and orchids, imported herb bushes, some roses and even a cactus or two’
- ‘Now you've seen the height of the poles; imagine about a fifty metre span of wire inexpertly strung, sneaking through those coolibahs, wilgas and whitewoods, and you're running scrubbers on a horse…’
Late 19th century: from Wiradhuri wilgar.
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