One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Aboriginal tool used for digging, in the form of a cup-like scoop traditionally made of hardwood.‘their only tools are a yam-stick and a wirra’
- ‘The women retired a few yards and the men then scraped earth with a "wira" completely covering the grave.’
- ‘Some of them were good and gave families jam and sugar in a wirra.’
- ‘The flowers were picked and crushed, and the nectar shaken into water in bowls made out of wirras.’
- ‘Most of these "wirras" were cut from beefwood or corkwood trees.’
- ‘She felt sorry for the baby, so she gave him a wirra and said to him, "There you are Didji. Crawl under the dish; that is a good place to sleep."’
Late 19th century: from Western Desert language.
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