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Meaning of "gilgai" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD GILGAI

From a native Australian language.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF GILGAI

gilgai  [ˈɡɪlɡaɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF GILGAI

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Gilgai is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES GILGAI MEAN IN ENGLISH?

gilgai

Gilgai

A gilgai is a small, ephemeral lake formed from a depression in the soil surface in expanding clay soils. Additionally, the term "gilgai" is used to refer to the overall micro-relief in such areas, consisting of mounds and depressions, not just the lakes themselves. The name comes from the Australian Aboriginal word meaning small water hole. These pools are commonly a few metres across and less than 30 cm deep, however in some instances they may be several metres deep and up to 100 m across. Gilgais are found worldwide wherever cracking clay soils and pronounced wet and dry seasons are present. Gilgais are also called melonholes, crabholes, hogwallows or puff and shelf formations. A gilagi landscape, Queensland Gilgais are thought to form in vertisols through repeated cycles of swelling of the clay when wet and subsequent shrinkage upon drying. This action, known as argilliturbation, causes the soil to crack when dry and loose soil material then fills these cracks.

Definition of gilgai in the English dictionary

The definition of gilgai in the dictionary is a natural water hole.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH GILGAI


anthropophagi
ˌænθrəˈpɒfəˌɡaɪ
assagai
ˈæsəˌɡaɪ
assegai
ˈæsəˌɡaɪ
fungi
ˈfʌŋɡaɪ
gey
ɡaɪ
guy
ɡaɪ
guys
ˈɡaɪ
laogai
ˈlaʊˌɡaɪ
mamaguy
ˈmɑːməˌɡaɪ
nannygai
ˈnænɪˌɡaɪ
nilgai
ˈnɪlɡaɪ
sarcophagi
sɑːˈkɒfəɡaɪ
Songhai
sɒŋˈɡaɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GILGAI

gilder
gildhall
gilding
gildsman
gildsmen
gildswoman
gildswomen
Gilead
Gileadite
Giles
gilet
Gilgamesh
gilgie
gill
gill fungus
gill net
gill pouch
gill slit
gill-less
gill-like

WORDS THAT END LIKE GILGAI

ai
Bhai
chai
Chennai
Dubai
Haggai
jai
kai
Madurai
Mumbai
ngai
rai
sai
samurai
shanghai
Sinai
Tai
Thai
wai
Weihai

Synonyms and antonyms of gilgai in the English dictionary of synonyms

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gilgai
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gilgai
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Gilgai
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gilgai
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Gilgai
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Gilgai
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gilgai
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gilgai
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Gilgai
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gilgai
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gilgai
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Translator English - Marathi

गलगाई
75 millions of speakers

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gilgai
70 millions of speakers

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Gilgai
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Gilgai
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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GILGAI»

The term «gilgai» is normally little used and occupies the 121.712 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «GILGAI» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about gilgai

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GILGAI»

Discover the use of gilgai in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to gilgai and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Geomorphology of Desert Environments
Patterned ground is a common and widespread feature of desert surfaces. It includes a variety of forms including gilgai, surface cracking, microtopography related to surface crust formation, and vegetation patterning. At a variety of scales , all of ...
Anthony J. Parsons, Athol D. Abrahams, 2009
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Soils: Genesis and Geomorphology
Gilgai Argilliturbation is manifested within Vertisol profiles and on the surface as gilgai microtopog- raphy, with relief exceeding commonly 15 cm (Fig. 10.35). Gilgai is an Australian aboriginal term meaning small water hole, referring to micro- ...
Randall J. Schaetzl, Sharon Anderson, 2005
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Soils of South Africa
A unique feature of some areas of vertic soils is the development of a 'mound and basin' landscape called gilgai (an Australian Aboriginal word meaning 'waterhole ' – a reference to the water-filled depressions during the wetter parts of the ...
Martin Fey, 2010
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Desert Geomorphology
8.1.1 Gilgai The term gilgai, an Australian aboriginal word meaning a small waterhole, is applied to certain small-scale surface undulations in clay-rich soils. Most gilgai appear to be related to the differential expansion and contraction of the ...
Ronald U. Cooke, Andrew Warren, Andrew S. Goudie, 2006
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Tropical Soils and Soil Survey
Gilgai also present stability problems for roads and are extremely difficult to drain. Management seeks to maintain or increase the favourable properties of the better natural vertisols and to mitigate the disadvantages arising from seasonal ...
A. Young, 1980
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Pedogenesis and Soil Taxonomy : The Soil Orders: The Soil Orders
Micro-relief As already mentioned, many Vertisols in various parts of the world have a peculiar type of micro-relief consisting of low mounds and shallow depressions known as gilgai. The term, an Australian aborigine word to describe this ...
‎1983
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Geomorphology in Deserts
Ollier (1966) recognized two types of gilgai in gibber plains of the central Australian Stony Desert both of which involve a degree of particle sorting : circular gilgai and stepped gilgai. Circular gilgai consist of bare clay topsoil shelves ...
Ronald U. Cooke, Andrew Warren, 1973
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Vertisols and Technologies for their Management
Gilgai One of the features of Vertisols is the surface configuration (micro-relief) called gilgai (Prescott, 1931; Oakes and Thorp, 1950; Hallsworth et al., 1955); this is an aboriginal Australian term (meaning small waterhole) for the ground surface ...
N. Ahmad, A. Mermut, 1996
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Climatic Geomorphology
and desert pavements (Hallsworth et al., 1955; Verger, 1964; Harris, 1968; Mabbutt, 1977; Hubble et al., 1983; Dixon, 1994a). Following Harris (1968) a gilgai can be differentiated into three parts on the basis of its cross section ( Figure 12. 14).
Mateo Gutiérrez Elorza, 2005
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Deserts and Desert Environments
The formation of gilgai and elements of the form are reviewed in Cooke & Warren (1973) and Cooke et al. (1993). Gilgai form in regions with soils of high swelling potential and strong textural contrasts, and where the climate is characterized by  ...
Julie J Laity, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GILGAI»

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Racing royalty entered for Blue Diamond
The Gilgai Farm filly, by Casino Prince out of Helsinge, hasn't been named yet but all eyes will be on her to see if she can replicate the deeds of ... «Racing.com, Jul 15»
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Robert Sangster Stakes 2015: Platelet Scratched
The talented mare added another black type victory to her racing resume when she took out the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington ... «HorseRacing.com.au, Apr 15»
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Inside Running: Even Stevens Cups jockey, then mentor and …
Bounding last season was runner-up to Chautauqua in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington and at her last outing in November ... «Herald Sun, Apr 15»
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Oliver to be reunited with River Lad in Victory Stakes
The Top Echelon sprinter ran a first up fourth to Chautauqua in the Group 2 $200,000 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington followed by a tenth ... «HorseRacing.com.au, Apr 15»
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All Aged Stakes 2015: Dissident victory can enhance prospects for …
Chautauqua won the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m), the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) and Group 3 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) and Bobbie ... «Herald Sun, Apr 15»
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Chautauqua hoping third time's the charm as he chases elusive …
... as he won by 2.5 lengths in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) before a 4-length demolition in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m). «Racingbase.com, Apr 15»
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Adam won't open up to call Ahhhh
Rick Jamieson and Gilgai Farm are having some fun with a promising but oddly-named three-year-old. Her name is Ahhhh. The Lonhro filly, out ... «Racing.com, Mar 15»
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Super Saturday is the autumn showpiece
His three starts over 1200m at Flemington have produced stunning wins in the Bobbie Lewis Quality and Gilgai Stakes, and a luckless runner ... «Racing.com, Mar 15»
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Weight won't worry flying Lankan Rupee, says jockey Dale Smith
Chautauqua will carry 55.5kg and Jennings explained that he “boasts an excellent straight track record, having won the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes ... «Herald Sun, Mar 15»
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Dissident wins Orr Stakes
Chautauqua claimed the Bobbie Lewis Quality and Gilgai Stakes in the spring before splitting Terravista and Lankan Rupee in the Darley ... «The Australian, Feb 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Gilgai [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/gilgai>. Mar 2021 ».
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