Additional vocabulary and place names in Ngadjon and English

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Some additional vocabulary and place names in Ngadjon and English

Ngadjon English genus species
badugi   blanket

bajiri   water dragon, goanna

bambu   eggs

bana   water

bangarru   turtle

Barany   Lake Barrine

barga   spear

barrga   lawyer cane used most for making baskets Calamus caryotoides
barrgaru   sword

Bibiya  . Alexandra palm - The heart was chopped, cooked and eaten Archontophoenix alexandrae
bigan   shield

birrarr   Red Tulip Oak Argyrodendron perlatum
birring   the sea

Bulaba   Bora Ground near Lamins Hill

Bulgina   Bora Ground area near , Butchers Creek

bunban Hairy Walnut Kernel processed for starchy food.  Endiandra insignis
bungaa   possum

buni   fire

bunyji Boonjie Fig- Sticky sap smeared on bird perching areas to trap them. Fruit eaten by cassowary. Edible fresh or cooked. Note origin of place name Boonjie.  Ficus destruens
Buyu thick rainforest

dagurrba   Red Leaf Fig- Bark used to make string. Ripe figs eaten. Ficus congesta
danggaja   Atherton Oak - Kernel of fruit is eaten. Also eaten by musky rat-kangaroo and native rats. The fruit is called didaja. Athertonia diversifolia
dawurrga  Brown Touriga - Ground seeds used to catch scrub turkey. Mammea touriga
didaja   Atherton Oak fruit ( Athertonia diversifolia)- see danggaja

duguba   bag for carrying water, sugar etc., supported by forehead.

duguu rainforest edges

dulabul   morning star

dunu Almondbark- Used raw for treating toothache.Kernel processed for food. Prunus turneriana
durrgim   white tailed rat

gabi Banana Fig- The inner bark was used to make blankets as well as containers for carrying water and honey. The wood from the flange buttresses was used to make shields. Ficus pleurocarpa
gama   corroborees involving only people of the Ngadjonji tribe

gamama Cycad - The seeds of this cycad were processed and eaten. Cycas media
gambil   the tablelands

ganggi Yellow Walnut- The nut kernels were steamed, ground, leached and eaten. Also used to catch scrub turkeys Beilschmiedia bancroftii
ganyjuu Black Bean- An important food source after processing. Stored in pits in the wet-season camps Castanospermum australe
ganyu   jewfish

garpu   carpet snake

garri   the Sun

guda   dog

gugi flying fox, fruit bat

gugula   platypus

gugulu  clapping stick

gulagaa   Sandpaper-leaf Fig- Leaves used to sand spears, shields, etc. Young unripe fruits, yalanda, are cooked before eating. Ripe fruit is yanggi. Ficus copiosa
gumaring   white man

gumbala   pupal stage of witchetty grub - see jambun

gumbulgan  cassowary

gundaya   python

gupa   pademelon (rainforest wallaby)

guwaa Black Walnu t- Ground seed used to catch scrub turkeys. Seed eaten after cooking; tastes like bread. Endiandra palmerstonii
guygi   jungganyu leaves , used for thatching mija

guyu Candle Vine- Ripe red fruit eaten, mostly cooked but can be eaten fresh Pothos longipes
jaanggany Milky Pine - Wood used as base plate for fire stick. White sap used as a glue in making rafts, to stick turkey feathers on body as a corroboree decoration and also used to heal sores. Note, place name Jaggan derived from this word Alstonia scholaris
jaju   earth

jambun   witchetty grub (larva stage), gumbala pupa, wirri adult

jangganyu   Cane used for climbing and framework of mija. Shoots of young rosette plants are edible after cooking - taste like asparagus. Can have laxative effect Calamus moti
janjuu  lawyer cane basket

japun  eel

jarragan   scrub hen

jidu   fire stick, fire stick tree Halfordia scleroxylla
jigaru  thunderstorm

jiigan basket making plant, base edible Lomandra longifolia
Jillan   Bora Ground near Butchers Creek, said by the Ngadjonji to be the site of a massacre (see Massacre)

jimama   turkey trap

jiman   Tetra Beech - Preferred wood for the twirling stick to make fire Tetrasynandra laxiflora
jubula   Black Pine- Kernel processed for starchy food Prumnopitys amara
julu julu   Red Penda - Wood used for spear tips and for yam sticks Xanthostemon whitei
junjum Golden Penda - wood used for swords Xanthostemon chrysanthus
Jurra Julam  Mt. Bartle Frere

juubari Cycad - seeds are processed and eaten Lepidozamia hopei
magurra Variegated Fig - wood used sometimes for making shields Ficus variegata
malay malay   Millaa Millaa Vine - Sweet flesh of ripe fruit eaten. Note origin of place name Millaa Millaa Elaeagnus triflora
mapi tree-climbing kangaroo

mija  Huts that are thatched and dome-shaped; other meaning: home country, home

mayi the native bee

munggarra   scrub turkey

munyan   boomerang

muramba   aboriginal people

murrgan   Silver Quandong - edible fruit Elarocarpus augustifloris
Naypa Naypami   Mt. Hypipamee Crater

ngarru   don't

ngunuy Grass Tree- A word shared by Yidiny and Ngadjon. The resinous sap is used as a lacquer in shield making Xanthorrhoea johnsonii
Ngunyinbarra   clan of the Ngadjonji – Russell River to Lamins Hill

nguu   yes

nigu   Vicious Hairy Mar y- Very thick lawyer cane Calamus radicalis
Nuta  Lake Euramo

nuta   black possum

warrama   corroborees involving a number of tribes

warrgin   open forest

Wiinggina   Lake Eacham

wiiraa   Davidson Plum - Ripe flesh eaten Davidsonia puriens
wirri  adult stage of witchetty grub - see jambun

wujar   mist

wundajilla   green possum

yagal   Pandanus - Generic term for pandanus, used for baskets Pandanus spp
yalanda  Young unripe fruits of gulagaa Sandpaper-leaf fig ( Ficus copiosa), cooked before eating - taste like potatoes

Yamani rainbow serpent, also rainbow

yanggi  ripe fruit of gulagaa, Sandpaper-leaf fig ( Ficus copiosa)

yapulam   Lawyer cane used for handles of baskets Calamus australis
yapun   mother

yara   fishing line

yarra   man, men. Also aboriginal people

yawala   Zamia Fern - Root processed and eaten Bowenia spectabilis
yimba   no or nothing

yipi   woman

yurrgan   white woman

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