from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The time of the creation of the world in Australian Aboriginal mythology: "Aboriginal myths tell of the legendary totemic beings who wandered across the country in the Dreamtime . . . singing the world into existence” ( Bruce Chatwin).
Translation of Aranda (Aboriginal language of central Australia) aljerreŋe, in the dreamtime : aljerre, dream + -ŋe, from, of.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)