- a bag made from reeds, grasses, or hair.
Origin of dilly bag
1840–50; dilly < Waga (Australian Aboriginal language spoken around Kingaroy, S Queensland) dila
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Dilly-bag, dil′i-bag, n. an Australian native-made rush or bark-bag.
Soon after dark on the second night she took to the bush, carrying a dilly-bag and a blanket.Tropic Days
E. J. Banfield
- Australian a small bag, esp one made of plaited grass, etc, often used for carrying foodSometimes shortened to: dilly
Word Origin for dilly bag
from native Australian dilly small bag or basket
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