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dilly bag

noun Australian.
  1. a bag made from reeds, grasses, or hair.
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Origin of dilly bag

1840–50; dilly < Waga (Australian Aboriginal language spoken around Kingaroy, S Queensland) dila
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Examples from the Web for dilly bag

Historical Examples

  • Dilly-bag, dil′i-bag, n. an Australian native-made rush or bark-bag.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • Soon after dark on the second night she took to the bush, carrying a dilly-bag and a blanket.

    Tropic Days

    E. J. Banfield

British Dictionary definitions for dilly bag

dilly bag

  1. Australian a small bag, esp one made of plaited grass, etc, often used for carrying foodSometimes shortened to: dilly
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Word Origin

from native Australian dilly small bag or basket
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