One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A traditional Aboriginal shelter made of branches and grass.‘in the early afternoon the hot wind continued to blow hard, and everybody napped in their wiltjas’
- ‘He spent 18 months living in the Central Desert with an Aboriginal tribe, where he studied the architecture of the traditional wiltja.’
- ‘Large numbers camped in wiltja constructions in the vicinity of the Mission.’
- ‘There may be more than one group of wiltjas belonging to several branches of the one family.’
- ‘My ash bower is a kind of folly, an Aboriginal wiltja that stands at the top of my long meadow in Suffolk.’
- ‘"Over there at her wiltja. Come and meet her. They call her Old Ruby around here."’
1950s: from Western Desert language wilja ‘shelter, shade, or shadow’.
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