2. [A-] Australian
nounWord forms: plural ausˈtrales (ɔsˈtrɑleɪs
3. the former basic monetary unit of Argentina
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Word origin of 'austral'
, southern < auster
, south wind, the south: for IE base see east
; shift in meaning from “east” prob. due to false assumption concerning direction
of axis of Italy