Sally Odgers sodgers at hotnet.net.au
Wed Jan 24 21:20:12 EST 2001

>referent there?  My knowledge about Australia ends just past kookaburra
>in the old gum tree and "Waltzing Matilda",

kookaburra - koala - kangaroo - bandicoot - bettong - budgerigah -
cockatoo - galah - wallaby... these names are Aboriginal, whereas Echida and
Platypus aren't. There's considerable doubt about whether a kangaroo really
*is* a kangaroo. That is, whether the word (which was probably more like
kannaru) really refers to the animal at all.



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