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DESCRIPTIVE VOCABULARY.



N.B. The terms Northern, Southern, or other Dialects refer to Perth as a centre. V., Vasse, K.G.S., King George's Sound; denote that the word is chiefly used in that locality.


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A, long, as in Father; a, short, or a, at the end of a word, as the first a in Mamma. See Preface.

-.B, or P.--An abbreviation of/bbin. A particle when affixed to words, expresses to be, or to become; Djulap, Bugorap, Garrangab, to become bad, or a chain: pion, or angry. ..n. Ba--A word of friendly salutation with the natives about Augusta accompanied by the act of rubbing the breast with the hand, and spitting at the same time. This was, perhaps, at first a superstitious ceremony on their part, to avert any evil consequences which might ensue from hold- ing communication with beings whom they probably, at that time, considered to be preternatural. There does not appear to be any established mode of salutation customary among themselves. To hold up the open hands is used now by the white and black people as a sign of amity; but this is chiefly to show that the hand is unarmed, or the disposition friendly. Green boughs were presented to the settlers at York, by the natives, on the occasion of their first interview. ASBT--Getting; becoming. Gwabbabbin, becoming good; Durdakabbin, getting well, recovering from sickness. Arno, es. pron.--I, an imperfect pronunciation of igadjo. AmUL--I will. See 3rgadjul. x, or O--Of; an affix denoting pessesslon. as Winatak Gatta, the head of Winat. ALLJ, or ALLY, pron.--It; that is it.