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noun 
  1. burden, load
  2. (colloquial) (obsolete) A type of swag shaped roughly like a leg of mutton when rolled up, carried over the shoulder usually with some other load on the chest to balance it. (Reference: w:D'Arcy Niland, D'Arcy Niland in the Aboriginalities section of w:The Bulletin, The Bulletin magazine, 27 September 1957. Quoted by Bill Wannan, Australian Folklore, Lansdowne Press, 1970, reprint 1979 ISBN 0-7018-1309-1, under "Shiralee", page 475.)
Etymology: From one of the Australian Aboriginal languages.w:D'Arcy Niland, D'Arcy Niland's novel w:The Shiralee, The Shiralee (also made into two films) has kept the word alive, even if it's actual meaning is not well known.


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