In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
New Zealand, Australian
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- Soon there'll be mud battles in the cane grass, and tadpoles and shield shrimps to get scooped up by children and collected in bottles, billies, or hastily constructed dams… don't take the shrimps home, they'll die.
- The Ballina Scope ladies will once again provide their complimentary billy tea and damper, while the Ballina Shire Band will provide entertainment.
- The milkman filled the billy with a measure from his large can of fresh, untreated milk.
- Back at the camp we found that Roger had our fire going and the billy boiling.
- Pushing a pram over the unsealed roads and carrying a billy of milk was quite an adventure.
- At Blanch's hut, which is inscribed with graffiti from before World War II, they boil a billy and chew the fat with venison hunter Allan Tall.
- By 1.30 we were back at the saddle where Jeanie had the billy boiling, and thus refreshed we bid au revoir to the Matuki and the friendly keas and set off down the valley again.
- I was on breakfast duty so I got some water boiling in a billy on a small gas cooker and made some tea.
- I get up to gather some wood, but the log has caught, with a flame the size of a gas ring, and the billy boils quickly.
- On returning home they'd boiled the billy and had a good laugh over their dark endeavours; daylight found them in their swags sleeping the sleep of the innocent.
- In my memory and imagination, I always associate them with many picnics in many places, boiling the billy in their shade, by beach, river, lake, lagoon or creek.
- On a warm summer day their gnarled trunks provide a welcome backrest while you boil a billy and absorb wonderful vistas of vast plains sweeping across herb and grass fields to the distant peaks.
- The day begins with a free billy tea and damper breakfast sponsored by the Wyreema Animal Nursery, to get everyone ready for the day's celebrations.
- And he sang as he watched and waited ‘til his billy boiled
- Back at this home base, the billies were soon boiling and a cup of tea never tasted better.
- He taught us to boil billies, harness horses, build harbours in streams, swim - in fact he did what a father would have done.
- After greeting one another, they sat down to share a billy of tea.
- You got up in the morning, you boiled your billy, rolled your swag, got out and did a decent day's work.
- His little riverboat, the flat-bottomed, open-sided Water Rat, is nestled in the reeds alongside Toolunka Island on the Murray River, while a campfire is blazing brightly and the billy is boiling.
- He says they stop the train every now and then to point out interesting features on the landscape or to boil the billy.
also billy goat
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- More mild mannered than full-sized goats, these little billies and nannies have become the latest must-have pets for Christmas.
- It was a young billy, useless for milking, but pretty.
- ‘Hahaha… he reminds me of the billies we used to have in our petting zoo,’ he smiled.
- The goat articles were OK in getting one interested in goats, but you did gloss over how difficult it can be to rent or borrow a billy for breeding.
- Some goats were as big as merino rams, with horns that forced even the toughest defenders to step back. ‘They were full-sized billies,’ Carson said.
- It is tethered to a tree, a rangy, brindled, flop-eared, devil-eyed billy that could have been a regimental mascot.
- A British Alpine billy, five British Alpine does and two Saanen does have just been safely delivered to their new home in Katima Mulilo.
- Some of the younger billies were locking horns in mock fights watched over by the full-bearded patriarch of the herd, a venerable old fellow like something out of the Book of Revelations.
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