Noongar Words and Definitions

For thousands of years Aboriginal people have been visiting Mooro Katta or Kaarta Gar-up, two of the many names for Mount Eliza, the highest point of Kings Park.

Noongar (also spelt Nyoongar) is the generic term for Indigenous people of the southwest of Western Australia. The area at the base of Kings Park, known as Goonininup, was an important ceremonial and dreaming area for Aboriginal males.

Did you know there are over 14 dialects through Noongar country or that many Perth suburbs are named after Noongar words? Balcatta, Gwelup, Innaloo, Karrinyup, Mundaring, Yanchep ... just to name a few!

Balga
(bal-gah) native grass tree, Xanthorrea preissii
Bardy
(baar-dee) witchetty grub
Beedawong
(bee-du-wong) meeting place
Beeliar
(beel-i-yar) traditional name for the Swan Riverm also Derbal Yargan
Biara
(bi-ar-ah) Slender Banksia, Banksia attenuata
Billabong
stagnant pool / backwater - from the Wiradjuri people of NSW
Bibool
(bib-ool) native Paperbark tree with many uses
Birok
(bi-rok) Aboriginal season of the young in December and January
Bidi
(bi-di) trail
Boodja
(bu-dj-ah) the land
Boodja Gnarning
(bu-dj-ah nar-ning) food from the land
Boyur
(boi-er) Woolly Bush, Adenanthos sericeus
Bungarra
monitor lizard
Bunuru
(bu-noo-roo) Aboriginal season of the adolescence in February and March
Chunyart
(chune-yart) twenty-eight parrot
Coolamons
(cool-a-mons) bowl
Corrobooree
(ker-rob-o-ree) traditional dance
Derbal Yargan
(der-bul yeri-gun) Swan River, also Beeliar, Derbarl Yerrigan
Djeran
(ji-run) Aboriginal season of adulthood in April and May
Djerapin
happy
Djilba
(jil-bah) Aboriginal season of conception in August and September
Djiridji
(jer-i-gee) Zamia, Macrozamia fraseri
Djitti djitti
(jitty-jitty) Willie wagtail, Rhipidura leucophrys
Dowak
(doe-whack) clubs
Gija Jumulu
(gi-dja joo-ma-loo) boab from the Gija people in the Kimberley region
Gidji
(gid-gee) spear points
Goomal
(goo-mahl) Common Brushtail Possum, Trichosurus vulpecula
Goonininup
(gu-nin-in-up) fresh water spring at the base of Mt Eliza
Illyarrie
Eucalyptus erythrocorys
Jarrah
(jah-ruh) Eucalyptus marginata
Jorang
marbled gecko
Kaarta Gar-up
(car-tah-gaar-up) traditional name for the distinctive cliff/scarp around Kings Park
Kaarta Koomba
(car-tah-kum-bah) traditional name for Kings Park; Kaarta meaning hill or headland and Koomba meaning big
Kambarang
(cam-bah-rang) Aboriginal season of birth in October and November
Karda
(car-duh) Gould's Monitor Lizard, Varanus gouldii, also spelt Kardar
Karla
(car-lah) fire, campfire
Karri
(ka-ree) Eucalyptus diversicolor
Katitjin
(cut-a-gin) knowledge, traditional knowledge handed down from one generation to the next
Kattidj
(cad-itch) your knowledge
Keitch
(k-each) spear
Kerbein
(ker-bin) Coastal Sword Sedge, Lepidosperma gladiatum
Kodja
(cod-jah) traditional axe made from stone and wood
Koora Koora
(coo-rah) long time ago, the past
Kondil
(con-dill) native Sheoak tree, Allocasuarina fraseriana, good for making kylee (boomerangs).
Koolah
(coo-lah) Native Plum, Podocarpus drouyianus
Kooyamulyup
(koo-ya-mull-up) place of frogs and Men's area
Kooyar Kep
(koo-ya kep) Kooyar - frog; Kep - water
Kulbardi
(cool-bar-dee) Magpie, Gymnorhina tibiceri
Kulunga
(koo-lun-gah) children (also spelt Koolangka)
Kulunga Katitjin
(koo-lun-gah kat-i-jin) children's learning
Kwonnat
(kwon-at) Black Wattle, Acacia saligna
Kylee
(keer-lee) boomerang
Maarm (Maam)
(maarm) man/men
Makuru
(ma-koo-roo) Aboriginal season of fertility in June and July
Mangatj
(man-gi-ch) Menzies Banksia, Banksia menzeii
Marlee
black swan
Marri
(m-a-ree) the red gum, Medicine Tree, Corymbia calophylla
Mayat
(my-yat) red gum from the Marri tree, used to help cuts heal
Meero
(mih-ro) spear thrower
Mia-mia
(my-yah, my-yah) traditional temporary huts
Moonah
(moo-nah) Rottnest Island Tea Tree, Melaleuca lanceolata
Moora Katta
(mur-ah-cart-ah) the place that we now know as Kings Park
Mudja
(mud-jah) Christmas Tree, Nuytsia floribunda
Mungitch
(mun-gitch) Banksia, Torchlight tree
Ngoolaark
(go-lark) White-tailed Black Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus latirostris (also spelt Ngolark)
Noongar
(noo-ngah) first people from south-west Western Australia (also spelt Nyoongar)
Poolgarla
(poor-l-garla) Bull Banksia, Banksia grandis
Teagul
(tea -gull) duck *also Yeaderup
Tuart
(tew-art) native Eucalypt tree used for making tools and other implements
Uilarac
(ill-a-rac) Sandalwood, Santalum spicatum
Warrdong (Wardong)
(wor-dong) crow, Australian Raven, Corvus coronoides
Waitch
(waytch) emu
Wandoo
(won-doo) Eucalyptus wandoo
Wanju
(won-dew) welcome
Wanju marr
(won-dew ma) welcome hand
Wanna borna
(woh-nah bor-na) digging stick
Waugal
(wah-gool) rainbow serpent from the dreamtime
Whadjuk Noongar
(wod-juck, noong-ar) (also spelt Wadjuk) Noongar group from Perth and surrounding regions
Willong
shelter
Wonil (Wonnil)
(wun-ill) Peppermint Tree, Agonis flexuosa, native to the Swan Coastal Plain
Wuanga
(woo-unga) Wattle, Acacia species
Yerderup
(yee-der-up) duck *also Teagul (also spelt Yeaderup)
Yonga (Yongar)
(yon-gah) kangaroo
Yonga Booka
(yong-gah book-a) kangaroo skin cloak
Yonga Waarnginy
(yong-gah ) Kangaroo Story
Yongra
(yon-grah) kangaroos
Yorga
(yor-gah) woman
Yorgra
(yor-grah) women
Yorkas Nyinning
(yor-kis nin-ing) place of rest for women

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