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This joint project between the ABC and Macquarie Dictionary aims to uncover new words relating to the Australian environment and to collect photographs that illustrate the environment around you for inclusion in the dictionary.

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Word of the Day


Belonging or relating to the Orthoptera, an order of insects that includes the crickets, grasshoppers, etc., characterised usually by leathery forewings and longitudinally folded, membranous hind wings.


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