Definition of parakeelya in English:


Pronunciation /parəˈkiːljə/


  • Any of various succulent plants of the family Portulacaceae and especially of the genus Calandrinia, native to arid inland Australia; especially Calandrinia balonensis and C. polyandra.

    The leaves of this plant are traditionally eaten to quench thirst, and its seeds are ground into a paste to be cooked or eaten raw.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Adelaide Observer. From Guyani (Lake Torrens region) and surrounding Australian Aboriginal languages of South Australia barrgilya.