Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second
edition, 1966 notes two possible origins for the word. Firstly A.
Meston of Brisbane in 1896 cites Aboriginal words jimba, jombock,
dombock and dumbog all meaning white mist preceding a shower, which
a flock of sheep resembles. Secondly Charles Harpur in a hand
written footnote in his papers cites Aboriginal word junbuc (or
jimbuc, his handwriting is unclear) which is a kind of kangaroo or
wallaby, and states that the aborigines of the Hunter
call the sheep that for the hairiness of one and the
wooliness of the other
Jumbuck is an Australian term for sheep
, featured in Banjo
's poem "Waltzing
." Generally denotes a difficult to shear sheep, either
large or untamed.