Origin of Pama-nyungan
From pama (“man, person") (in several northeast Australian Aboriginal languages) + nyungaa (“man, person") (in several southwestern Australian Aboriginal languages) +"Ž -an. Apparently coined by American linguist Kenneth L. Hale (1934-2001).
pama man (in northeast languages) nyunga man (in southwest languages)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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