[ ban-dee-ban-dee ]
/ ˈbæn diˌbæn di /
noun, plural ban·dy-ban·dies.
a small venomous snake, Vermicella annulata, inhabiting New South Wales, marked with black and white bands.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of bandy-bandy
First recorded in 1925–30; from Kattang (an Australian Aboriginal language spoken between Port Stephens and Port Macquarie, New South Wales) bandi-bandi
Words nearby bandy-bandy
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British Dictionary definitions for bandy-bandy
/ (ˈbændɪˈbændɪ) /
noun plural -bandies
a small Australian elapid snake, Vermicella annulata, ringed with black and yellow
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